SAGE conference brings LGBT seniors together

Published: November 16, 2010

Activists from across the country participated in Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders’ national conference and expo in Midtown Manhattan on Nov. 11-13.

Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE, explained the gathering-The Future of Aging is in Our Hands: A National Conference and Expo for LGBT Older Adults-addressed a range of issues from public policy, personal finances and health and wellness. These specifically include the reauthorization of the federal Older Americans Act to activism, aging and HIV/AIDS, sexuality, spirituality, finding financial and legal security, retirement, caregivers and self-empowerment.

"The last SAGE conference was much more for the academics and professionals, and this one is for people who are old," said Sandy Warshaw of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change and a member of the conference planning committee who spoke on a plenary panel about the Older Americans Act. "At some of the academic conferences, it seems the professionals are telling us what we need. At this conference, we’re here to say what it is we need."

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