The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging is looking for a diverse group of LGBTQIA+ older adults, family, friends, allies, caregivers and providers to join in dialogue about what is and isn’t working well for LGBTQIA+ older adults and caregivers in Massachusetts. The Commission will hold its next listening session on Tuesday, December 10 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston St. offices in the 10th Floor Auditorium. The session will include remarks by Senator Pat Jehlen, Representative Ruth Balser, and other Commission members.
The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging was formed in 2014 by a legislative vote and is the first state-wide commission on LGBTQIA+ aging in the country. In 2015 after the first year of its work the Commission released a report to the Massachusetts Legislature with its recommendations based on a year of listening sessions across the state and the compilation of written testimony submitted to the Commission.
Since the 2015 report the LGBT Aging Commission has been studying a number of key areas including: health, housing and social connections for LGBTQIA+ older adults and their caregivers, and is now completing a new round of listening sessions across the state. The final Listening Sessions will be held in Boston at Fenway Health on Tuesday December 10 from 1-3pm. Previous listening sessions were held in Barnstable on Cape Cod in June and in Pittsfield in Western Mass in September.
“These listening sessions are critical to the Commission’s work” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Commission Co-Chair, “they help us understand what the current issues and challenges are across the Commonwealth. Hearing directly from our constituents allows us to listen and make recommendations to improve access to benefits and services where appropriate and necessary.”
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