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May 4, 2016

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 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.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.

Media Inquiries

Christina DaCosta
Assistant Director of Communications
917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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