LGBTQ+ seniors face the typical challenges of aging; however, because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity they are at higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.
Fearful of mistreatment, LGBTQ+ seniors are five times less likely to access services than non-LGBT seniors. Moreover, many of these LGBTQ+ seniors are estranged from their family of origin, and do not have children, so they are facing the challenges of aging without supports that many people take for granted.
BayPath's LGBTQ+ Initiative has staff available to answer questions, provide information and referrals, and offer programs and events to LGBTQ+ older adults, their family members, and local professionals in MetroWest.
BayPath LGBTQ+ Coordinator Julie Nowak can be reached on a confidential phone line at 508-573-7288, or by email at email@example.com.
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Our FREE monthly luncheon for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their allies and friends.
BayPath has also formed a LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee featuring not only staff members, but key stakeholders from the community.
The advisory group includes members of BayPath's Board of Directors, local business owners, staff from other social service agencies in MetroWest, area Council on Aging staff, community members and representatives from Framingham State University.
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Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) Elder Care Solutions offers the
With support from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund and the Cummings Foundations Sustaining Grant, the JFS Patient Navigator program has expanded its reach into the local older adult LGBT+ community to combat the health disparities that effect LGBT+ older adults and to break down the barriers that these individuals face in health care settings.
For more information, contact JFS by email or call 508-875-3100 x110.
This FREE program: an LGBTQ & A, is simply the creation of a safe space for questions for an hour or two, wherein grandparents and other seniors can feel comfortable asking about unfamiliar pronouns or how best to support and affirm an LGBTQ+ loved one.
The sessions can last 1-2 hours as needed. If interested in setting up a Q&A session, please contact us.
Call our Confidential LGBTQ+ info line at 508-573-7288.
The LGBTQ+ Initiative is supported by Title III funding through the Older Americans Act. Programs offered by BayPath's LGBTQ+ Initiative are FREE.
Because federal funding is being used, we provide participants with an opportunity to make a voluntary donation toward the cost of this service. Voluntary donations are put directly into program enhancement, allowing for the expansion of services. Whether or not a participant makes a voluntary donation in no way informs or influences this service delivery.
BayPath's national award-winning family caregiver website features a section with information and resources for LGBT caregivers and those caring for an LGBT older adult.
A group of parents, families, friends, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people who work together to change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that our LGBTQ family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive.
(Formerly the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association.)
Mission: Ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals and healthcare professionals, offering a free provider directory of LGBTQ+ welcoming healthcare providers. A project of www.sageusa.org, The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBT older adults.
Social Security touches the life of every American, both directly and indirectly, and they are equally commited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals covered by Social Security’s many programs and services. SSA has also published a downloadable guidebook, "Social Security: What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know."
A 48-page handbook from AARP, specifically designed for LGBT caregivers. The handbook is accessible online in pdf form, and includes sections on making a plan, forming a team, finding support and caring for yourself among others.
Well-moderated online discussion forums providing support, nformation, and a sense of community for trans and gender-expansive folx.
Providing the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.
As part of that mission, BayPath strives to provide the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) older adults and their allies living in our MetroWest communities.
For more information, call us at our confidential LGBTQ+ phone line at (508) 573-7288
BayPath serves the following communities:
Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton,
Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough.
BayPath is also developing a resource guide of LGBTQ+ inclusive resources (health care providers, vendors, community agencies and businesses) and contact information of local, state, and government agencies where LGBTQ+ elders can seek professional advice, obtain resources and build new relationships with health care, mental healthcare, and other professionals in MetroWest rather than having to go to Worcester or Boston to receive LGBTQ+ competent care.
Aging in the LGBTQ+ Community
GRAY PRIDE: Welcoming & Working with LGBT Elders
BayPath provides this cultural competency training, mandatory for all staff, to ensure that we can provide welcoming, informed, and thoughtful care for LGBTQ+ elders who contact us seeking support and/or services.
These FREE trainings are open to the interested public. Please stop by to say hi and feel free to bring a friend!
LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee
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Pull up a comfy chair and come make some new friends!
LGBTQ+ folx and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends, and Allies) are always welcome!
For dates, more information or to join us, please contact Julie Nowak.
Join us FREE on zoom for coffee (or tea) and a chat about this 'n that!
LGBTQ+ folx and SOFFAs of all ages are welcome! We meet at 11:00 a.m. on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month
33 Boston Post Road West - Marlborough, MA 01752 508-573-7200
Elder Services, Inc.
Providing confidential support for LGBTQ youth in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A national, 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth. Life-saving Volunteers. Crisis Support. LGBTQ Community. Resources & Guides.
24/7 hotline: (877) 565-8860
Peer support phone service run by trans and nonbinary people who believe some of the best support you can receive is from community members with shared lived experience.
SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
24/7 hotline: 877-360-5428
Peer support phone service connecting LGBT older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen.
Since 1971, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBTQIA+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the broader population.
A Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.
TCNE has been a social and support organization for the transgender community of the Greater Boston Area since the 1970s.
First Event is one of the longest running conferences in the U.S. for transgender and gender non-conforming people and those who love and support them. 2021 workshops are happening via Zoom.
Educate your team with PRIDE!
As part of our commitment to creating safe spaces and understanding, BayPath also offers our GRAY PRIDE training to groups/organizations/congregations throughout the MetroWest area.
For more information about how to introduce this training to your staff contact our Confidential LGBTQ+ info line at 508-573-7288 or use the form below.
(Note: allow 24 hours from submission time. Confirmations will be sent Mon-Fri.)
For dates of the next schedule Gray Pride Trainings, please use the contact form below.