Project Visibility: Cultural Competency for LGBTQ+ Aging
It is estimated that over 4,000 LGBTQ+ older adults (over the age of 65) are currently living in Washington County, a number that is expected to double by 2030. LGBTQ+ seniors are less likely to have children and more likely to need aging services like long term care. Yet, only 20% of LGBTQ+ seniors in long-term care facilities say they feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation.
Washington County aims to change that! Adapted from the nationally recognized Project Visibility Program, we are excited to offer an interactive training that teaches common terms and definitions including the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, biological sex and everything in between. Learn the "hidden" history of LGBTQ+ older adults and other issues that shape how they access care and support today. Get simple tools and best practices for aging service providers that help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for this often-invisible population.
This training is now available QUARTERLY through DAVS. Click the link below to learn more:
Oregon Senior Peer Outreach
It can be hard to look forward to the holiday season, especially when the cold and darkness of winter can be so isolating for many of us. The pandemic will make this year especially difficult. Sometimes staying connected is just a phone call away. Oregon Senior Peer Outreach provides intentional peer support by phone to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation for adults 55+ in Washington County. Get matched with a friendly peer specialist and receive regular phone calls that offer compassionate support and connection.
Call 1-833-736-4676 to learn more.
DAVS Can Help Isolated Older Adults Stay Connected During the Pandemic
If you’re over the age of 60 and need a computer, tablet, phone or internet services to stay in touch with family and friends, or need that connectivity for virtual medical appointments or community center programming, DAVS can help. Call the ADRC in Washington County at 503-846-3060 for more information and stay connected!