September 2021 - Volume 10
A News Service of The AIDS Institute
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 18, 2021

On September 18, 2008, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) was launched by The AIDS Institute to highlight the complex issues related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment for older adults. NHAAD raises HIV awareness and emphasizes the need for prevention, research, and data focused on the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on older people living with and affected by HIV.

Each year our nation observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) on September 18th and the annual NHAAD theme is "Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn't have to be!"
A blog developed by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, (, "Amplifying Communication: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Resources" showcases both federal and community-developed resources available to participate in NHAAD awareness activities.

The AIDS Institute has worked diligently to provide updates to the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness website ( as well as items in our annual aging awareness tool kit.

The NHAAD Social Media and Outreach Guide has been updated to assist in your social media, marketing, and promotional efforts for NHAAD.

The following images are available for use and were developed in collaboration with CME Outfitters in recognition of NHAAD.
Upcoming Activities
Long-Term Care Equity Index 2021

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, present the first edition of the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI).
Cultural Competency and You: Supporting LGBTQ+ Older Adults

Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

With the LGBTQ+ rights movement’s increased visibility, there has been more awareness of the importance of non-profit organizations being inclusive of this population. At the same time, even LGBTQ+ and
HIV-specific organizations often find themselves unsure of how to support older adults outside of programming geared towards those who are 50+ years old. This workshop will present an overview of the unique lived experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults and provide concrete tools for how organizational staff can support them- whether someone has been “out” for decades or came out later in life. If you’re aiming for your organization’s older adult programs to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive or are an LGBTQ+ or HIV/AIDS organization aiming for programs to be meaningfully intergenerational, this webinar is for you.
Sex Differences in Aging

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT)

Research shows that in most developed countries, women live longer than men. With the exception of Alzheimer's disease, men are also more likely than women to die from major age-related diseases including cancer, heart disease, and chronic lung disease. Why do females live healthier, longer?

In the latest talk in our Live Better Longer series, Sarah Smith (Editor-in-Chief, Prevention) and Spencer Dukoff (Deputy Editor, Men's Health) will be joined by the two leading experts to discuss sex differences and aging.
Upcoming Conferences
October 13-15, 2021
Virtually from Long Beach, CA

Grantmakers in Aging (GIA's) 2021 Annual Meeting, hosted by Archstone Foundation will explore how their grantmaking can kickstart this next decade in new and dynamic ways. Together, we will reimagine aging by building communities, nurturing connections, and strengthening systems to ensure that all of us live healthier and better as we get older.
December 1, 2021 
Norris Conference Center Austin, TX

The 10th Anniversary HIV & Aging Conference returns on “World AIDS Day” – Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – at the Norris Conference Center in Austin, TX, with the theme “10 Years of HIV & Aging: A Retrospective.” 
The Southern Gerontological Society’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference

Panama City Beach, FL
Golf & Spa Resort
April 5 - 9, 2022

The New Normal: Mastering the Challenges of Aging with Dignity and Style
The Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) provides the bridge between research and practice, translating and applying knowledge in the field of aging. The SGS Annual Meeting and Conference focuses on advances in gerontological research and applied practice, bringing together those engaged in the field of aging to attend and/or present their latest research, programs, interventions, and workshops.
Future Aging in America Conference 2022
April 11-14, 2022
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA
FREE in-person event
HIV and AGING Materials
Older Adult Clients: Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, 2019
The number of people aging with HIV is rapidly increasing, and care coordination is vital to maintaining optimal health. HealthHIV’s Second Annual State of Aging with HIV™ National Survey was administered to capture the experiences and assess the needs of the following groups: PWH over 50 and PWH who are under 50 but have been living with HIV for 15 or more years. The objective is to better inform the training needs of providers related to care coordination as part of HealthHIV’s Pozitively Aging program.
The GLAAD 2021 State of HIV Stigma Study paints the picture of the challenges we must overcome to end HIV-related stigma. The findings reflect a vast lack of understanding of HIV and how it can be prevented, as well as significant discomfort and unfounded fear about people living with HIV. The Deep South has the highest rates of HIV diagnosis, yet the study reveals that the U.S. South also has some of the highest discomfort levels pertaining to the virus.
National Resource Spotlight
Resources for Older Adults Living with HIV
The National Resource Center on HIV & Aging website provides information about health and psychosocial issues associated with aging with HIV/AIDS. The goal is to empower older adults living with HIV including long-term survivors to take better control of their health by giving them the latest information to advocate for the best care as they age. You can also find information about supportive services that can help you mitigate issues associated with HIV/AIDS.

The information on the website reflects the cumulative expertise of community advisers and staff from across the country. The website consists of a variety of multi-media content and the most current research data available. The Center also has information about resources and services available in communities across the country for older adults living with HIV/AIDS.
September is Healthy Aging Month
Each September we recognize Healthy Aging Month as a time to focus national attention on the health and well-being of older adults. The easy-to-understand MyHealthfinder resource is to encourage adults to protect their health as they grow older. If you’re interested in national efforts to improve health for older adults, check out the Healthy People 2030 Older Adults objectives.
USAging - the new name for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) was announced and represents the national network of AAA's and Title VI Native American Aging Programs.
For more information about aging and HIV, visit the resources:

For information on aging and COVID-19, visit the following resources: