LGBT group offering workshops for aging service providers

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will provide free training to Johnson County aging service providers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at the Iowa City Public Library. Training will be repeated Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Des Moines at Community, Family, and Youth Services/Senior Services, 2309 Euclid Avenue.

The training was requested by the Johnson County Livable Community’s Visibility Action Team and is sponsored by the Johnson County/Iowa City Senior Center, along with the School of Social Work and the Aging Studies Program in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Eight continuing education credits are available.

The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender older adults is expected to double in coming decades, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. Aging service providers will be called on to assist in meeting the unique needs of LGBT older adults, who are less likely to access health and social services and suffer significant health disparities compared to heterosexual peers. They’re also more likely to live alone or without extended family support.

Trainers are Loree Cook-Daniels and Michael Munson, of FORGE (For Ourselves: Re-working Gender Expression).

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