The fourth goal of the 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging is empower the workforce. The session served as a catalyst for this effort as it brought aging services leaders together to focus on the culture, needs, and concerns of LGBT older adults. It also highlighted best practices for ensuring that LGBT older adults and seniors living with HIV/AIDS are welcomed and included in the spectrum of aging services.
"The Wolf Administration is committed to developing strategies to ensure that every aspect of our long-term services and supports system are accessible, inclusive, welcoming and culturally sensitive to matters of sexual orientation and gender identity," said Secretary Osborne. "This training is an important step that is intended to serve as a springboard for connecting vulnerable LGBT seniors with the resources and services needed to age in place with the dignity and respect they deserve."
During 2017, the Department of Aging will continue its efforts to collaborate with multiple LGBT stakeholder groups in order to ensure that Pennsylvania's LGBT seniors and older adults living with HIV/AIDS are well represented. These efforts will include the department's on-going participation on the Governor's LGBT Workgroup and evaluating ways to address data collection on gender identity.
For more information on the Department of Aging and services for older adults, visit aging.pa.gov. For more information on SAGE, visit www.sageusa.org.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging