Summit agenda now available online
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced today that registration for the commonwealth’s Inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit is open until October 5 and the agenda is now available. The summit will be held on October 9-10 in Harrisburg, PA, and is occurring as a result of grassroots efforts made by numerous LGBTQ and senior advocacy groups. There are currently more than 220 participants registered for the summit.
“As our inaugural LGBTQ summit quickly approaches, we encourage all who are interested in attending to register now,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “It’s so important to have the community of aging and LGBTQ advocates represented at the summit so that, together, we can work to better serve the needs of LGBTQ older Pennsylvanians.”
To plan for the summit, the department partnered with numerous LGTBQ and aging stakeholders including, LGBT Elder Initiative, SAGE, the PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the PA Department of Health, AARP Pennsylvania, PERSAD Center, Trans Central PA, PA Homecare Association, Action Wellness, Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Central PA, William Way LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Central PA, SEIU Healthcare PA, CARIE, and more.
In addition to coordinating the first statewide LGBTQ aging summit, the Department of Aging is represented on Governor Wolf’s LGBT Workgroup, has held training sessions to improve cultural competency inside aging services for LGBTQ older adults, and participated in roundtable discussions to hear directly from the LGBTQ community on how to better meet their needs.
“The Wolf Administration’s inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit will raise awareness and mobilize efforts toward supporting our LGBTQ elders and minimizing the unique barriers they encounter regarding access to health care, housing, long-term care, and many other necessary services,” said Todd Snovel, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.
To view the summit’s agenda or to register, visit www.ltltrainingpa.org/save-the-date-lgbtq-aging-summit.