One thing we have all learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that social isolation and loneliness affects virtually every segment of society. Strategies to combat this all too-pervasive issue differs from one community to another.
LGBTQ+ older adults are twice as likely to live alone and have a higher propensity for social isolation and loneliness than the general older adult population.
Thanks to a new grant from the UJA-Federation of New York, DOROT will offer programming specific to LGBTQ+ older adults beginning this summer. The grant provides for a range of thoughtful and substantive programming to help LGBTQ+ older adults connect to a welcoming intergenerational community that offers belonging, visibility, and opportunity for socialization and solo-aging support.
Programs funded through the grant include:
- Aging Solo: a workshop series to help LGBTQ older adults create an action plan for their next steps as they age.
- LGBTQ Film Club: a monthly program to bring together LGBTQ older adults to give voice and visibility to LGBTQ experiences through films and discussions.
- Telephone Connections: an initiative that will connect LGBTQ older adults to LGBTQ volunteers age 18+ for weekly telephone visits.
- A weekly Intergenerational Discussion Group for LGBTQ teens and older adults.
These activities will be designed to promote friendship, social connection, and shared mutual support; increase visibility; and help LGBTQ+ seniors age successfully and plan for the future.
In addition, DOROT staff, volunteers, and facilitators will receive training in Person-Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) care and LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency to better serve current and new populations of LGBTQ+ older adults.
Thank you to the UJA-Federation of New York for their generous support. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved in these programs.
UPCOMING DOROT EVENT
Please join us for DOROT’s third annual Sage Table, an intergenerational experience bringing together our LGBTQ+ community members and allies. Come together on Thursday, July 8, at 5:00 PM over Zoom for an evening of laughter, conversation and community building. Registrations limited.