Updates for LGBT Older Adults
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LGBT News for March 2018
Links and videos of interest to the mature LGBT adult are just a click away.
Poll results: LGBTQ Acceptance Loses Ground
This year’s (GLAAD/Harris Poll) survey reflects a decline with people’s comfort year-over-year in every LGBTQ situation, losing ground that had been gained during the last four years. Three of the most personal interaction scenarios experienced significant declines with more people reporting discomfort with “learning a family member is LGBTQ”, “learning my child’s teacher is LGBTQ” and “learning my doctor is LGBTQ”.

Invitation to Documentary Screening
In recognition of March For Meals
Elder Services of Worcester Area’s
Nutrition Program
presents a screening and
discussion of the documentary

Friday March 23, 2018
Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence St., Worcester
Free admission, open to the public,
healthy movie snacks, make reservations
to join us for lunch after the film
RSVP by March 16th if staying for lunch * 508-852-3205 ext.290

LGBT Older Adult Dementia
Varied forms of dementia and other cognitive impairments include unique concerns for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). These concerns center around social isolation, discrimination, barriers to health care access, limited availability of and support for caregivers, and higher rates of certain chronic illnesses. The increasing size of this older adult population further escalates the need to find more researched based solutions to these problems..

Rainbow Supper & Lunch Clubs
The Rainbow Lunch Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at noon . This month lunch is served on March 14th and 28th.

The Rainbow Supper Club meets this month on Tuesday March 6th, supper is served at 6:00pm.
Both the Rainbow Lunch and Supper Clubs are held at the  Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA.
The suggested meal donation for people 60+ is $2.50. Guests under 60 pay $5.50.

Reservations are due a week before the meal.

Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts
Governor Baker signed Executive Order 576 establishing the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts on April 12, 2017. According to the Order “the Council shall be responsible for advising the Governor on the development of governmental policies, community resources, best practices, and informal supports that will promote healthy aging in the Commonwealth. The Council will formulate a plan to achieve the goal of making Massachusetts the most age-friendly state for people of all ages.”

LGBT Retirement Readiness
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers in the United States are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to their retirement readiness, according to a first-of-its-kind study. “LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social Progress” surveyed 900 LGBT workers and retirees in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. to provide a detailed analysis of the retirement readiness of the LGBT community. (Ted Godbout, National Association of Plan Advisors, 1/31/18)

Aging with HIV/AIDS
As a doctor, I’m well aware that the estimated life expectancy of people who are first diagnosed with HIV at age 30 is now 75 years old — a huge leap from the 1980s, when those with the virus were given as little as a few weeks to a few years to live. Fortunately, a lot of people outlived those dire projections, and many of them are now long-term survivors who continue to thrive as they age. (Dr. Frank Spinelli, Plus, 2/12/18)

Polari: The code language gay men used to survive
Polari was spoken to skirt the UK’s strict anti-homosexuality laws. Though largely forgotten, some of its words can be found in dictionaries today. Watch a BBC video about Polari.

Upcoming Events
Rainbow Readers
A monthly book club dedicated to reading all things Queer and LGBTQA at Annie's Book Stop 65 James Street, Worcester MA 508-796-5613 
For more information please email: RainbowReadersMass@gmail.com

LGBTQI Meetup for Central Mass
The purpose of this Meetup group is to help create a vibrant LGBTQI+ community throughout Central Massachusetts. Check this page out for LBGTQI+ friendly events in our area! 
WLEN– Worcester LGBT Elder Network, is a joint effort of Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc.,
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the Worcester Senior Center.