Offering Safe and Welcoming Assistance to LGBT Seniors
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is proud to be part of SAGE Metro Detroit, a local non-profit that works together to address training, education, advocacy and services needs for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE Metro Detroit is the first Michigan affiliate of the national SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender Elders) network. SAGE Metro Detroit began as the grassroots LGBT Older Adult Coalition, and AAA 1-B is proud to have been a part of these efforts since the inception.
The three Southeast Michigan Area Agencies on Aging (AAA 1-B, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging & The Senior Alliance) have successfully established a precedent-setting system to help senior service agencies more effectively serve people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). The project provided custom-tailored training to staff at the three agencies, helping them use proper language and ask questions in culturally appropriate ways when speaking with LGBT clients. The project also provided technical support to data teams and led in-service trainings for all staff at each agency. The AAA Collaborative has produced three short videos to generate a better understanding of today’s LGBT seniors and to notify people of the AAA’s expanded capacity. See AAA 1-B’s video below.
If you have been reluctant to call, or if you know of an older adult who is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, and needs assistance, reach out to our agency at 800-852-7795. Our resource center staff have been trained on how to sensitively identify and appropriately serve LGBT callers.