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New Programs Planned for LGBTQ+ Older Adults

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. 

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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.