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The Journey

Journey Towards Affiliation
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Kelly Thames

on 10 May 2013

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Transcript of The Journey

Host Focus Groups Announce intention to become affiliate Scheduling a call to S. A. G. E. I have met with persons representing the areas of:
~ LGBT elder housing,
~ LGBT mental health,
~ HIV testing and prevention, and
~ Aging service provision This step too involved a call to Serena Worthington of S. A. G. E.

Although this could have been conducted in written form, it was more deemed to be more expedient to do so in telephonic form. Participate in monthly meetings
with potential affiliates Conduct a Needs Assessment Establish relationships with
key community partners Benchmark # 10 Receive approval from board of directors The needs assessment was done in conjunction with a local showing of the documentary "Gen Silent" on February 6, 2013. It was found that the greatest area of concern was caregiving; that is where services could be obtained and how to go about the process. I have had contact with programs representing:
City of Sacramento (Hart Center),
County of Sacramento (Senior Companions and SeniorLink),
A4AA (regional)
California State Department of Aging.

Currently we are in partnership Senior Companions, SeniorLink, and in process with the Hart Center. The board gave tacit approval at the beginning of the process. However, a vote will be taken next week, and it is expected to give formal approval. Telephonic meetings are held the third Thursday of the month. We participated for the first time in April 2013. Establishing LGBTI-Specific Aging
Programs and Services in the
Sacramento Area: Becoming Affiliated with S. A. G. E. As of March 2013, There were two ongoing programs: "Seniors Together" which meets the first, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month, and "Life Enhancement and Direction" (L.E.A.D.) which meets the second Wednesday of the month.

"Seniors Together" is a social and discussion group facilitated by the student.

"L. E. A. D." is a professionally-led discussion and information group facilitated by the student.

The student is also involved in "Sacramento Rainbow Village", a LGBTQI housing project for low income elders. Have regularly scheduled programming This consisted of a one-page narrative that describes the history of the organization, current programs, services, advocacy opportunities, and future plans. Write a case statement Develop a three-year work plan Gay: A Man attracted to men. (Colloquially used as an umbrella term to include all LGBTIQ people.)

Lesbian: A woman attracted to a women.

Bisexual: This is an outdated term, that used to refer to those who are physically and romantically attracted to both males and females.

Transgender: Those whose psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with.

Intersex: A set of medical conditions that feature congenital anomaly of the sexual and reproductive system.

Queer: An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTIQ people. Definitions I first sent an email to Serena Worthington, Director of Community Advocacy & Capacity-Building of S. A. G. E., as is the recommended procedure. We were able to schedule a time to discuss the reasons that Sacramento's LGBT Community Center wished to have its senior programming affiliated with S. A. G. E. This occurred in January of 2013 during the semester break. SAGENet comprises 23 affiliates located in 16 states around the country, and across every region of the country. These affiliates provide services and programs to LGBT older people in their local communities. They also work on city and state advocacy to ensure that public policies better support the needs of LGBT elders. ~42% of respondents wished for caregiver services
~32% of respondents wished for health care support groups
~25% of respondents wished for family support groups
~25% of respondents wished for volunteer opportunities Benefits of affiliate status Annual Gathering
Relationships
Training
Opportunities to present at conferences
Monthly calls
National promotion
Technical assistance
Participation in national meetings
National LGBT Aging Roundtable
Opportunities to participate in national grant initiatives
National Resource Center Trainer Certification Eileen Sealock
student intern

Shara Perkins Murphy
internship supervisor

Barbara Grigg, R.N.C, M. S. N.
internship advisor Submit a packet with documentation to S. A. G. E. Sign a Memorandum Of Understanding What Is Left To Do?
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