> LGBT Senior Social Connection

Network and connect with older adult in the Aging LGBT Community across the Merrimack Valley.

The LGBT Senior Social Connection is a group of like-minded people who meet to support and address the unique needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors as they age. The LGBT Senior Social Connection seeks to improve the quality of social engagement, reduce anxiety and isolation as we age. We offer support, education and resources available to LGBT older adults in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding communities.

The Connection welcomes all LGBT seniors and their caregivers! We host a monthly, no cost, buffet-style dinner to encourage social interaction and group discussions, facilitated by a peer. When possible, guest speakers are asked to present on topics of interest. Monthly meetings provide older LGBT adults with a positive, collegial and safe setting to gather. We share meals and speak openly in an atmosphere of trust to encourage discussions that explore important issues like fear of discrimination when the need for housing, long term care or home care services of LGBT seniors arise.

Benefits of Joining
Everyone needs to know they will have the support necessary for healthy aging. This unique, local group helps provide a pathway for LGBT seniors by raising awareness of service providers and guiding them to the right resource, activity or service when help is needed to cope with age related issues. As a participant you will have opportunity to:
• Reach out to a new community of friends who will listen, support and encourage you;
• Information about resources on programs and/or services you may need; and
• An advocate when their rights and safety are in jeopardy.

LGBT seniors who want to make new friends, find local community connections and share their positive ideas about how to successfully age healthy are encouraged to join.

In-person gatherings will resume when safe to do so.

We welcome sponsorships to help with the cost of dinners, guest speakers and to facilitate social outings. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

For more information, contact Ron Bourque at 978-946-1476 or RBourque@esmv.org

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: www.lgbtagingcenter.org
LGBT Aging Project (Boston, MA): www.lgbtagingproject.org

In partnership with Merrimac Council on Aging.

2018 Aging Achievement Award in Diversity & Cultural Competency