Mainstream healthcare and elder service providers have limited knowledge of the psychosocial, cultural, and economic issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer older adults and caregivers. This presentation introduces participants to the unique issues facing this frequently invisible and underserved population and provides models for programmatic initiatives, as well as practice skills for enhancing professional capacity to effectively serve LGBTQ+ older adults and caregivers. This presentation is sponsored by AARP Lehigh Valley and Moravian Graduate.
Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of the LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston. She is a social worker with thirty years of experience in community-based elder services and has been an active member of the LGBT Aging Project since its inception in 2001. She frequently consults with mainstream aging service providers about cultural competency with LGBTQ+ older adults and also presents nationally on policy and practice issues facing LGBTQ+ older adults and caregivers. Lisa is a founding member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging.
She earned her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University’s School of Management. Lisa received the Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW in 2013 and the Simmons School of Social Work Alumni Association’s Distinguished Career Award in 2017. Lisa is a board member of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., developing New England’s first LGBTQ friendly senior housing in Boston, and a Commissioner of the Arlington (MA) LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission.
The LGBTQIA+ Health Resources webinar series is produced by the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), in partnership with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC).