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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

Charles N. Enes Community Center
150 Nevers Road
South Windsor, CT 06074

October 13, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 (ish)

Please RSVP to Missy Rankin by 
October 9. All towns are welcome!
860-648-6361 ext.339

1:00                      Welcome, beverages-water/juice, coffee/tea, snack

1:15 - 2:15           “Another Kind of Coming Out: Life with Early to Moderate Stage Dementia”
People from our community will share factual information about dementia, the value of early diagnosis, and some of the challenges that exist for an LGBT person living with dementia and their care partner. There will be an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.  

2:20 - 3:00 (ish)    Sound-Meditation by the Conduit Center of East Hartford….Relax and let go

The Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center of Bloomfield
330 Park Avenue (rear)
Bloomfield, CT 06002

November 2, 2017

Please RSVP by October 26
by calling 860-243-8361
Let us know if you will join us (a) to paint and/or (b) for supper*

1:00 Registration and Welcome (light refreshments)
1:20 CT Prime Timers update 
1:50 CT Community Care is “Getting it Right!” Services & Support for LGBT Elders
2:30 Aging Mastery Program - “The Cliff Notes Version”
3:05 Create Your Own Masterpiece! Learn how to paint a sunflower!*
        Socializing and games--scrabble, cards, coloring, billiards
5:10 Light Supper,* compliments of Bloomfield Senior Services
        The Village for Families & Children - LGBTQI youth in
        foster care

LGBTQ+ History Trivia and Dinner
Queer There and Everywhere twenty-three people who changed the world
Teens and older adult LGBTQ+ and advocates are invited to a free, picnic-style dinner and trivia challenge based on the book “Queer, There, and Everywhere” by Connecticut resident Sarah Prager  

October 24, 2017 @4:30-6:00
Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury

Sponsored by the Simsbury Public Library and the Simsbury Senior Center
Please register by October 17 by contacting the Simsbury Senior Center 
@ 860-658-3273 or kmarschall@simsbury-ct.gov

Promoted by LGBT Moveable Senior Center ~ Come Out and Connect!

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

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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