Preparing for the Changing Horizon: Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults from Diverse Communities
This one-day interactive educational program on February 20, 2015 – 8:30a to 4:00p, is about dementia care and caregiving for diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older adults. The emphasis is on person-centered assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dementia in diverse LGBT older adults, management of mental health challenges to LGBT older adult caregivers’ and care receivers’ well-being, practical approaches to communication, family, and cultural issues related to team-based health care, behavioral and alternative interventions for dementia related symptoms, and how to recognize, access, and use effectively, healthcare/social service resources in mainstream and LGBT welcoming institutions. Experts in aging and dementia care will join panels of LGBT older adults from diverse communities as they share their experiences with dementia as caregivers, health care consumers, health/service providers, and as an open or undisclosed member of the LGBT community. The intended participants include LGBT older adult caregivers and care receivers with cognitive loss, from diverse communities, their families, friends, healthcare/social service providers and policy makers.
For more information, or to Register: Contact Marian Zuang at email@example.com or 650-721-1023.
Or click here to register online. Read more…
Vantage Points: A lifetime of Perspective
Featuring the work of over 45 LGBT artists from the Openhouse community!
Show Runs through January 26th at the SF LGBT Center – 3rd & 4th Floors.
Gray Matters: The 2014 Fall Newsletter
Openhouse’ 2014 Gray Matters newsletter is now just a click away! Enjoy lively and engaging interviews with Openhouse community members, update yourself on what we’re up to, see your name among our list of donors, and see how you can become involved.
Case Management at Openhouse
The Openhouse case management program offers a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults, adults with disabilities, and/or caregivers to ensure high-quality holistic care, coordination of services, and follow-through, while maintaining the dignity of each individual and addressing his/her unique needs.
Have you been discharged from the hospital and need in-home support? Experiencing a life transition and feeling overwhelmed about what to do next? Are you struggling with a challenging situation and don’t know where to turn to for help? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact Openhouse’s case management program where you’ll receive compassionate support and expert care navigation and coordination services. Click here to read more about case management services at Openhouse.
A New Program at Openhouse
Openhouse is thrilled to be the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for LGBT Seniors across the city! The Openhouse ADRC is a hub where you can go to find answers about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care and more. The ADRC office is located on the 4th floor of the LGBT Community Center. Stop by to meet Openhouse’s newest team member, Manuel Martinez. Manuel is our ADRC Information and Assistance Specialist. He will assist community members by connecting them with a variety of programs and services.
Manuel has worked in the nonprofit community in San Francisco for the last 3 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and found a passion in the nonprofit sector through helping seniors and adults with disabilities in both English and Spanish.
Manuel has also been deeply involved with the LGBT and Latino Partnerships in the city to better connect service providers to additional resources that may help the communities they serve. In his new role at Openhouse, he is looking forward to continuing his work with the LGBT community as well and as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood. For information and assistance on a range of issues, call Manuel at (415) 347-8509.
Events and Programs for Seniors
Every month Openhouse offers a wide range of programs and activities for LGBT seniors. These programs include exercise classes, men’s and women’s support groups, grief counseling, health workshops, housing assistance and more. We have something for everyone. Openhouse also offers a Friendly Visitor program to provide conversation and companionship to LGBT older adults in San Francisco. To receive our monthly newsletter or to get more information about our programs, please give us a call at (415) 296-8995 or send us an email.
In The News
A San Francisco BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman
Click link to see Marcy’s latest interview: “Healing the Wounded AIDS Warrior: An Interview with Tez Anderson”
A San Francisco BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman
Click link to see guest columnist Erica J. Erney’s article: “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiving & Connection: You Are Not Alone on This Journey”
Long-stalled S.F. housing project for LGBT seniors on track
“The city gets 440 units of much-needed housing, including apartments aimed at the LGBT seniors of the nearby Castro district but open to anyone meeting the project’s age and income requirements. The neighbors get a small park and a community garden that will be maintained by the developer, as well as a new development where aging, vacant, graffiti-tagged buildings once stood… For the people and groups who have been pushing the project for years, the finish line finally is in sight.” Read More…
Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money: The Video
Openhouse Curriculum Available
We are proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated LGBT Cultural Humility Curriculum for Senior Service Providers, From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors. The cost to purchase the curriculum is $50 for individuals and $150 for agencies or organizations. Click here to learn more about the curriculum or to order yours today!
SF Planning Commission Approves City’s First LGBT-Welcoming Senior Housing
The City’s first and the country’s largest affordable housing specifically welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to be developed by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California was approved unanimously Thursday by the San Francisco Planning Commission. The development includes 110 apartments for low-income seniors, Openhouse service offices and an activity center for residents and LGBT seniors from across the City. Over 25,000 LGBT seniors live in San Francisco alone, many of whom do not access senior services and housing for fear of rejection and compromised care. Read More…