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New Center Embraces LGBT Seniors

Ever on the cutting edge, New York City will open the nation's first full-time senior center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults in January.

The SAGE Center will serve about 300 people with arts, exercise, education and nutrition programs.

"LGBT older adults often face the added burdens of invisibility, ignorance and discrimination related to their sexual orientations and gender identities when accessing health care, social services and most aging programs," says Catherine Thurston, senior director of programs for SAGE, and organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.

The center also will offer programs for employment assistance; LGBT caregivers who might not have biological family supports; legal and financial planning and HIV and aging.

"Aging as LGBT people can be a positive experience when coupled with support, good health and community," Thurston says.

Mike Turner
from the January-February issue


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