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February 15, 2016

Conference focuses on LGBT Elders
Danvers Herald

The fifth annual LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World conference is being held on Friday, March 18, at Salem State University and is sponsored by The LGBT Aging Project, North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University’s School of Social Work, Care Dimensions, and AARP Massachusetts.

This conference is a day-long event focusing on issues of older persons and caregivers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Each of the first four conferences drew over 250 social service and health care professionals, including students and older adults themselves, interested in the subject of LGBT aging and caregiving.

The plenary session features remarks by the Rev. Irene Monroe, an award-winning writer, speaker and theologian. Monroe, a nationally renowned African-American lesbian activist, will speak on spirituality, sexuality, racism and homophobia. Fifteen workshops will cover diverse topics including housing, LGBT aging, transgender elders, sexuality, financial planning, and more.

“It is exciting to see this ground-breaking conference to be held once again at Salem State University” said Cheryl Springer, professor at the School of Social Work at Salem State University. “I know that social work and health care professionals as well as students will gain from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience that sheds light on the challenges facing LGBT elders and highlights the caring capacity of the LGBT community.”

“The Elder LGBT Conference is a unique event bringing together human service workers, as well as LGBT elders themselves, with academic experts who have researched the issues of LGBT older adults and caregivers,” said Paul Lanzikos, executive director of Danvers-based North Shore Elder Services. “Our participation is a direct result of our work over the past years with The LGBT Aging Project in Boston involving outreach and programming for LGBT seniors and caregivers on the North Shore and throughout the metropolitan Boston area.

“We are thrilled to partner with North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University, CareDimensions, and AARP to present such a comprehensive view of so many aspects of growing older in the LGBT community” said Lisa Krinsky, director of the LGBT Aging Project a program of Fenway Health. “This is the fifth annual convening which increases both knowledge about and resources for LGBT older adults and caregivers.”

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salem State University School of Social Work Marsh Conference Center, Central Campus71 Loring Ave., Salem.

The cost is $95 which includes conference, breakfast, lunch and reception; $45 for seniors (60+) and students with current student ID+; $30 for 4.5 Social Work, Certified Case Manager, or Nursing CEUs

The organizers are dedicated to presentations that integrate content pertinent to cultural competency, disabilities and creative programming, as well as direct and interdisciplinary practice with LGBT elders. CEUs are available for social work, mental health professionals, and nurses. Register online at For more information contact 857-313-6614 or

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.