Well-being is a Rainbow Flag: Putting Well-being Back into the Lives of LGBT Elders Through Person-Directed Practices
The current cohort of LGBT elders are those who spent their lives fighting for the rights of the LGBT population. Although it was difficult, they were proud to show their colors. Now, as they find themselves needing care, many are going back into the closet, fearful of being neglected, hurt and/or abused. Society’s deeply imbedded negative attitudes against LGBT persons, as well as the aging population in general, are at the core of this issue. Through person-directed practices, we can help them once again enjoy the domains of well-being with pride: identity, growth, autonomy, security, connectedness, meaning, and joy. This webinar will clarify these domains and their implementation in the LGBT community.
- Identify society’s past and current attitudes toward the LGBT community.
- Define the domains of well-being and their necessity among the LGBT population.
- List two ways that organizations can use person-directed practices to enhance the well-being of LGBT Elders.
Mel Coppola is owner of Hearts in Care, LLC and is an Eden Educator and Mentor. For the past six years, she worked for a home care company and spearheaded its person-directed care work which led to it becoming the first home care agency on the Eden Registry. Mel has served on the LGBT Elders Initiative of Pinellas/Pasco County since its inception in 2012. Its mission is to build bridges between elder services and the LGBT Elders community through information, education and advocacy.
Troy Johnson, LMSW, is the founder and a therapist at In Focus Counseling in Chattanooga, TN. He recently served as Senior Services Manager for the Center on Halsted in Chicago where he worked closely with LGBT seniors and manages congregate meals, educational and social programs. Troy’s work includes advocating for more inclusive programming and services for LGBT elders in Central Kentucky as the former director of the Senior Pride Initiative and Director of Programs and Services for the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency.
Marti Smith is a resident of Town Hall Apartments, Chicago’s first LGBT friendly senior housing development, and a member of the Center on Halsted’s Senior Voice program. Marti is a sought after public speaker and advocate for LGBT aging issues and has been featured in numerous local and national news articles.