Wednesday, June 13, 2018

AALNA/NCAL Caring Together Webinar: Talking the Talk: Having Difficult Conversation on LGBT-Related Topics

Lindsay Schwartz

Please join us for our quarterly AALNA/NCAL Caring Together Webinar, Talking the Talk: Having Difficult Conversation on LGBT-Related Topics, on June 19th 3:00 – 4:00pm Eastern. Caring for older adults often involves having difficult conversations, and these talks can be even more stressful when they touch on issues related to a person’s sexual activity, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Many care providers are hesitant to raise issues related to same-sex sexual contact, gender expression, and LGBT relationships. Interacting with family members can add an additional layer of stress, especially if they are not comfortable with the older adult’s LGBT identity, sexual behavior, gender identity, or gender expression. This session is a safe and supportive space for participants to work through our tips for discussing LGBT identity in a respectful manner. We will work through conversations like: how to conduct LGBT affirming intake, how to apologize if you inadvertently use a disrespectful term, how to discuss a resident’s sexual behavior with their family members, how to advocate for a resident’s right to express their gender in the manner of their choosing, how to advocate for a resident’s right to control who can visit them, and how to address instances of bias between community members.

Webinar Speaker: Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., is the Director of National Projects at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). He is responsible for directing SAGE’s national training initiatives, developing training curricula and providing consulting services to both aging and LGBT service providers. In addition to training, Tim oversees key national grants and projects, such as SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the US Administration for Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol Integration project, and elements of SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative.

Please register for the webinar here.

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