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  • How Gay-rights pioneers are finding the family they never had Nancy Valverde pulls out her jingling set of keys and unlocks one, two, three padlocks attached to thick silver chains on the door to her apartment. “They didn’t like ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2016, 3:55 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Why We Fight The global movement for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality encompasses millions of individuals, groups, organizations and campaigns all of whom are fighting for change in their own countries ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 10:58 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • SAGECare Sets a New Standard for Training Care Providers to Support LGBT Older People National program offers LGBT aging training credentials to care providers[NEW YORK, NY] Even in a time of unprecedented freedom for LGBT people, many members of this community still suffer ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 1:22 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • 20 Facts about Senior Isolation 20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You By : Sarah Stevenson Feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to serious consequences for senior health. Understanding the causes and risk ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 11:44 AM by Wayne Wieseler
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    Posted May 5, 2016, 8:30 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Advice from some old people The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.You might live a long life, or you ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:15 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Love Has No Labels
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How Gay-rights pioneers are finding the family they never had

posted Jun 21, 2016, 3:51 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 3:55 PM ]

Nancy Valverde pulls out her jingling set of keys and unlocks one, two, three padlocks attached to thick silver chains on the door to her apartment. “They didn’t like lesbians” in her old East L.A. neighborhood, she says. Today, the 83-year-old finally feels at home at Triangle Square, a low-income housing development built especially for LGBT seniors. But having spent her whole life fighting to be herself — complete with stints in jail for wearing pants — she just can’t give up those locks.
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Why We Fight

posted Jun 13, 2016, 10:58 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 10:58 AM ]

The global movement for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality encompasses millions of individuals, groups, organizations and campaigns all of whom are fighting for change in their own countries and communities.

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SAGECare Sets a New Standard for Training Care Providers to Support LGBT Older People

posted May 20, 2016, 1:18 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated May 20, 2016, 1:22 PM ]


National program offers LGBT aging training credentials to care providers[NEW YORK, NY] Even in a time of unprecedented freedom for LGBT people, many members of this community still suffer in fear of discrimination. Through SAGECare, Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) trains providers across the country to offer cutting-edge senior care to LGBT clients. With its comprehensive set of educational offerings and credentials, SAGECare has established a new set of benchmarks in LGBT elder care, and has trained 11,477 providers to date.

Research shows that when providers aren’t explicitly welcoming to LGBT people, many people—especially those who grew up in an era of severe discrimination—remain in the closet. This can lead to serious emotional and physical health consequences. SAGECare helps ensure that senior care providers and administrators better understand client needs, creating a more innovative, competitive care environment.

Laura Lazarus, Executive Director of supportive housing service provider Lantern Community Services, said, "We're very proud of our SAGECare Platinum credential, and hope that it will give LGBT clients and staff confidence that they will be welcomed and respected in our organization. SAGECare's support has been invaluable in developing the competency of our staff, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as we develop our LGBT-inclusive programming."

SAGECare goes beyond the familiar scope of diversity training to:

  • Help staff learn to how to comfortably engage with LGBT seniors, how to ask sensitive questions, and how to be open and non-judgmental
  • Help staff create LGBT-inclusive programming
  • Help administrators understand best practices for programming, policy and procedures, marketing, facilities, HR, staff and board recruitment and more
  • Deliver bronze, silver, gold, and platinum-level credentials to indicate degrees of training
"SAGECare helps great care providers get even better," remarked Hilary Meyer, Director of Social Enterprise & National Projects for SAGE. "Our training and credentialing system helps our friends and colleagues in the elder care field raise the standard of care, creating communities and agencies that are more effective, more compassionate, and more marketable."

To learn more about SAGECare and to schedule a training, visit sageusa.care, or call Hilary Meyer at 323-577-4034.


20 Facts about Senior Isolation

posted May 20, 2016, 11:36 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated May 20, 2016, 11:44 AM ]

20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You

By : Sarah Stevenson

Feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to serious consequences for senior health. Understanding the causes and risk factors for senior isolation can help us prevent it.

Nobody relishes the prospect of aging without a spouse or family member at their side, without friends to help them laugh at the ridiculous parts and support them through the difficult times. Yet that is just what many North American seniors face. As the baby boomer generation crosses the over-65 threshold, it grows; but many of our aging loved ones are still feeling alone in the crowd.

Statistics on Senior Isolation

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 11 million, or 28% of people aged 65 and older, lived alone in 2010. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases. Additionally, more and more older adults do not have children, reports the AARP, and that means fewer family members to provide company and care as those adults become seniors.

While living alone does not inevitably lead to social isolation, it is certainly a predisposing factor. Yet another important consideration is how often seniors engage in social activities.
Statistics Canada reports that 80% of Canadian seniors participate in one or more social activities on a frequent basis (at least monthly) – but that leaves fully one-fifth of seniors not participating in weekly or even monthly activities.

Social contacts tend to decrease as we age for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility. Regardless of the causes of senior isolation, the consequences can be alarming and even harmful. Even perceived social isolation – the feeling that you are lonely – is a struggle for many older people. Fortunately, the past couple of decades have seen increasing research into the risks, causes, and prevention of loneliness in seniors.

Here are 20 facts about senior isolation to help you stay informed:

1. Senior isolation increases the risk of mortality.

According to a 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, both social isolation and loneliness are associated with a higher risk of mortality in adults aged 52 and older.

One possible explanation: “People who live alone or lack social contacts may be at increased risk of death if acute symptoms develop, because there is less of a network of confidantes to prompt medical attention.” Efforts to reduce isolation are the key to addressing the issue of mortality, said the study’s authors.

2. Feelings of loneliness can negatively affect both physical and mental health.

Regardless of the facts of a person’s isolation, seniors who feel lonely and isolated are more likely to report also having poor physical and/or mental health, as reported in a 2009 study using data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

Connecting seniors with social resources, such as senior centers and meal delivery programs, is one way to combat subjective feelings of isolation.

3. Perceived loneliness contributes to cognitive decline and risk of dementia.

Dr. John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Chicago, has been studying social isolation for 30 years. One frightening finding is that feelings of loneliness are linked to poor cognitive performance and quicker cognitive decline.

We evolved to be a social species, says Dr. Cacioppo – it’s hard-wired into our brains, and when we don’t meet that need, it can have physical and neurological effects.

4. Social isolation makes seniors more vulnerable to elder abuse.

Many studies show a connection between social isolation and higher rates of elder abuse, reports the National Center on Elder Abuse. Whether this is because isolated adults are more likely to fall victim to abuse, or a result of abusers attempting to isolate the elders from others to minimize risk of discovery, researchers aren’t certain.

A critical strategy for reducing elder abuse is speaking up: abuse, neglect and exploitation often go unreported. As for prevention, maintaining connections with senior loved ones helps us ensure their safety.

5. LGBT seniors are much more likely to be socially isolated.

LGBT seniors are twice as likely to live alone, according to SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders); they are more likely to be single and they are less likely to have children – and they are more likely to be estranged from their biological families.

Stigma and discrimination are major roadblocks to support for LGBT seniors, but there are more and more community groups and online resources devoted to helping these elders avoid isolation.

6. Social isolation in seniors is linked to long-term illness.

In the PNAS study mentioned above, illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, and depression were associated with social isolation. Ensuring appropriate care for our loved ones’ illnesses can help prevent this isolation.

For homebound seniors, phone calls and visits can be a critical part of connecting with loved ones. Others may find that moving to an assisted living community addresses both issues – the need for ongoing care and the desire for companionship.

7. Loneliness in seniors is a major risk factor for depression.

Numerous studies over the past decade have shown that feeling loneliness is associated with more depressive symptoms in both middle-aged and older adults.

One important first step is recognizing those feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression and seeking treatment – whether it’s on your own behalf or for the sake of a loved one.

to preventing both the isolation and associated health risks.

9. Socially isolated seniors are more pessimistic about the future.

According to the National Council on Aging, socially isolated seniors are more likely to predict their quality of life will get worse over the next 5-10 years, are more concerned about needing help from community programs as they get older, and are more likely to express concerns about aging in place.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) says community-based programs and services are critical in helping ward off potential problems and improving quality of life for older people.

10. Physical and geographic isolation often leads to social isolation.

“One in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities,” reports the National Council on Aging. “This isolation can prevent them from receiving benefits and services that can improve their economic security and their ability to live healthy, independent lives.”

Referring isolated older adults to senior centers, activity programs, and transportation services can go a long way toward creating valuable connections and reducing isolation.

8. Loneliness causes high blood pressure.

A 2010 study in Psychology and Aging indicated a direct relationship between loneliness in older adults and increases in systolic blood pressure over a 4-year period. These increases were independent of race, ethnicity, gender, and other possible contributing factors.

Early interventions for loneliness, say the study’s authors, may be key 

11. Isolated seniors are more likely to need long-term care.

Loneliness and social isolation are major predictors of seniors utilizing home care, as well as entering nursing homes, according to a 2004 report from the Children’s, Women’s and Seniors Health Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Health.

The positive angle of these findings, says the report, is that using long-term health care services can in itself connect seniors with much-needed support. Particularly for seniors in rural areas, entering a care facility may provide companionship and social contact.

12. Loss of a spouse is a major risk factor for loneliness and isolation.

Losing a spouse, an event which becomes more common as people enter older age, has been shown by numerous studies to increase seniors’ vulnerability to emotional and social isolation, says the same report from the British Columbia Ministry of Health. Besides the loneliness brought on by bereavement, the loss of a partner may also mean the loss of social interactions that were facilitated by being part of a couple.

Ensuring seniors have access to family and friendship support can help alleviate this loneliness.

13. Transportation challenges can lead to social isolation.

According to the AARP, “life expectancy exceeds safe driving expectancy after age 70 by about six years for men and 10 years for women.” Yet, 41% of seniors do not feel that the transportation support in their community is adequate, says the NCOA.

Having access to adequate public transportation or other senior transportation services is key to seniors’ accessing programs and resources, as well as their feelings of connectedness and independence.

14. Caregivers of the elderly are also at risk for social isolation.

Being a family caregiver is an enormous responsibility, whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, or other relative. When that person has Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or a physical impairment, the caregiver may feel even less able to set aside his or her caregiving duties to attend to social relationships they previously enjoyed. This can trigger loneliness and depression.

Seeking support, caring for yourself, and even looking for temporary respite care can help ward off caregiver loneliness and restore your sense of connection.

15. Loneliness can be contagious.

Studies have found that loneliness has a tendency to spread from person to person, due to negative social interactions and other factors. In other words, when one person is lonely, that loneliness is more likely to spread to friends or contacts of the lonely individual. Making things even worse, people have a tendency to further isolate people who are lonely because we have evolved to avoid threats to our social cohesion.
It’s a complicated situation, and simply telling seniors to engage in more social activities may not be enough. Considering our loved ones’ needs as individuals is a valuable first step to figuring out how to prevent or combat isolation.

16. Lonely people are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior.

A 2011 study using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) found that people who are socially isolated or lonely are also more likely to report risky health behaviors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking. Conversely, social support can help encourage seniors to eat well, exercise, and live healthy lifestyles.

Living in a community situation can be an effective barrier to loneliness, and most senior communities specifically promote wellness through diet and exercise programs.

17. Volunteering can reduce social isolation and loneliness in seniors.

We all know that volunteering is a rewarding activity, and seniors have a unique skill set and oodles of life experience to contribute to their communities. It can also boost longevity and contribute to mental health and well-being, and it ensures that seniors have a source of social connection.

There are plenty of opportunities tailor-made for seniors interested in volunteering.

18. Feeling isolated? Take a class.

A review of studies looking at various types of interventions on senior loneliness found that the most effective programs for combating isolation had an educational or training component: for instance, classes on health-related topics, computer training, or exercise classes.

19. Technology can help senior isolation – but not always.

Even though modern technology provides us with more opportunities than ever for keeping in touch, sometimes the result is that we feel lonelier than ever. The key to finding technological interventions that really do help, says Health Quality Ontario, is matching those interventions to the specific needs of individual seniors.

One simple strategy that does help: for seniors with hearing loss, simply providing a hearing aid can improve communication and reduce loneliness. Phone contact and Web-based support programs were less consistent in their effectiveness, but for some, they might provide a lifeline.

20. Physical activity reduces senior isolation.

Group exercise programs, it turns out, are a wonderfully effective way to reduce isolation and loneliness in seniors – and of course they have the added benefit of being great for physical and mental health. In one study, discussed by Health Quality Ontario, seniors reported greater well-being regardless of whether the activity was aerobic or lower-impact, like stretching.

Senior isolation is neither inevitable nor irreversible. Getting the facts can help us prevent loneliness in our senior loved ones as they face the life changes of aging.


Advanced Style: The Documentary

posted May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated May 5, 2016, 8:30 AM ]

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Advice from some old people

posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:14 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 1:15 PM ]

  1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
  2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
  3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.
  4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?
  5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
  6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.
  7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
  8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.
  9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.
  10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.
  11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
  12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.
  13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
  14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…
  15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!
  16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
  17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.
  18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
  19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
  20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

Love Has No Labels

posted Apr 25, 2016, 12:59 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 12:59 PM ]

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Millennials Show Us What ‘Old’ Looks Like

posted Apr 13, 2016, 1:21 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 1:23 PM ]

Millennials Show Us What 'Old' Looks Like




100 Years of Men's Fashions in 3 minutes

posted Mar 8, 2016, 4:22 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 4:28 PM ]

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AARP Free Online Games

posted Oct 30, 2015, 3:19 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 3:19 PM ]

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