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"Working to create an open and affirming aging services environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders in Connecticut"





"Our events connect LGBT adults to each other and to services and supports for healthy aging."
Come out and Connect! ~ Feel free to link this webpage! 
LGBT elders and allies from all Connecticut towns are welcome 
 Join us & please, Help Spread the Word




For a list of the participating Senior Centers, click here!




CANTON SENIOR CENTER

40 DYER AVENUE, CANTON CT 06019


THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017

10:00AM - 1:00PM


860.693.5811 x6 to reserve a spot!

*Please indicate special accommodations, including dietary, you may need*


Thursday June 29, 2017 from 10:00AM until 1:00PM

  • 10AM Coffee, Tea, Water Refreshments, Tour of the Center
  • 10:30AM Mindfulness Exercise, Led by Jo Anne Harrison-Becker, MS
  • 12Noon  Light Lunch
Anyone can do mindfulness practice; there are no barriers. It doesn’t matter your age or physical ability, if you’re religious or not…Mindfulness is not ob- scure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. Everyone has the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. Practicing Mindfulness is about growing these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically to benefit us in many ways. 

2017 LGBT Moveable Senior Center Schedule

Town Date Time of Day & LGBT Activity  Program
Bloomfield February 23 5:30 PM Hidden in the Shadows:  Black LGBTQ Leaders in History Full
Newington May 8 930AM - 2:30PM Full
Canton June 29 10:0AM - 1:00PM Mindfulness program followed by light lunch Aux
   July No Event  
Avon August 17 3:00PM - 6:00PM TBD Aux
Hebron September 13 1:00PM - 3:00PM National Senior Center Month TBD Aux
South Windsor October 13 1:00PM - 3:00PM TBD Aux
Bloomfield November 2 1:00PM - 6:00PM TBD Full
  December No Event  

“Full” program: Provide ~five hours of programs to up to 30 participants. Programs incorporate mind/body/spirit wellbeing and provide options for active and passive participation. 
 “Auxiliary” program: Auxiliary programs are Independent programs of a shorter duration (~2 hours) and with a specific focus. As examples, the focus might be educational, social, physical, creative in nature. 



Virtually every community in Connecticut has a senior center – long recognized as a community focal point for access to information and referral, programs and services that supports people as they age to maintain independence, well-being and a satisfying life. We connect people to each other, to the community and to supports and services. 

People who identify as LGBT may not access our Centers because they are not familiar with them, because of concerns about being stigmatized or not welcome or because we simply are not offering programs of interest. We are looking to reach out to the LGBT community and their Allies to encourage participation in the many benefits the Connecticut Senior Centers have to offer. 

New York City recognized the participation gap and established their first LGBT Senior Center in 2012. We are not NYC, but we want to create the same type of opportunity in Connecticut with the "LGBT Moveable Senior Center." 

The LGBT Moveable Senior Center is a pilot partnership among five Senior Centers in the Greater Hartford area - Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, Newington, and Simsbury. Next year we anticipate additional centers joining in. Plainville and West Hartford are interested as well. Each month, a Center will host the “LGBT Moveable Senior Center” day of programming. Over the course of some 5 hours we will have a meal, entertainment, choices of programs or activities, and provide information and services. 

The programs will be different at each Center but will follow a similar format organized around the Senior Center theme of “mind, body and spirit.” We have assembled an Advisory Committee of LGBT community members and Allies to provide input and help with outreach. Some of the programming choices will be offered by members of the LGBT community. 

Come to one of our LGBT Moveable Senior Center gatherings – all LGBT community members and their Allies are welcome to participate Provide us with contacts you think should be on our mailing list -send contact names/emails to Kathy Marschall at “kmarschall" @ "simsbury-ct.gov” Give feedback about your experience at a gathering Provide us your ideas for programming topics and presenters In short…. Join us in making this program a growing and valuable component of our Connecticut Senior Centers.

A grant to Connecticut Community Care, Inc. (CCCI), from the The John H. and Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust administered by Deutsche Bank Trust Company, N.A. helps to support these efforts. The LGBT Moveable Senior Center is one of the funded initiatives included in the CCCI project “Getting it Right: Creating an LGBT Responsive Organization”. The goal of this project, undertaken in collaboration with LGBT Aging Advocacy, a grassroots group of providers and LGBT community members in the Greater Hartford area, is to advocate for and provide resources to help create LGBT inclusive aging services.



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