A free training targeted focused on healthcare professionals, direct and indirect service providers and caregivers hopes to increase sensitivity to the aging LGBT population with special attention to issues related to HIV and aging.
“A Caring Response: Aging, HIV and LGBT Older Adults” also aims to:
Ability to recognize and define symbols and terms unique to LGBT culture
Increased ability to interact comfortably with members of the aging LGBT community and those with HIV
Better defined awareness of political, social, and economic issues that are unique to the LGBT community and those with HIV which impact psychosocial aspects of aging and healthcare receptivity
Increased recognition of issues specific to the LGBT community, those with HIV and end-of-life care
Increased awareness of legal issues unique to LGBT individuals, couples, and those with HIV with particular focus on Advanced Medical Directives
Increased awareness of HIV and its prevalence in the older adult population
The curriculum was created by the VCU School of Gerontology, Boston’s LGBT Aging Project, and Stu Maddox, the director of Gen Silent – a film that shows LGBT older adults going back into the closet to survive the healthcare system.
This training is Tuesday, August 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue. The class is free of charge, but space is limited. To RSVP, call Cindy Bray at 804-622-4646 x22 or e-mail Cindy.Bray@lgbtrichmond.net.
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