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Integrating Social Service and Healthcare Delivery in San Francisco

Integrating Social Service and Healthcare Delivery in San Francisco

By Michael Costa The fact that the environments we live in can impact our health status has been well known for many years. The challenge is to interact effectively with…

The Longevity Wave: Meeting Future Needs

The Longevity Wave: Meeting Future Needs

There are 3 million LGBT seniors, and that number is expected to dou­ble by 2030. People over 65 years of age are the fastest growing segment of both LGBT and…

Cultivating Gratitude, Even After Loss

Cultivating Gratitude, Even After Loss

I grew up in New England where glorious autumn colors and crisp clear days filled me with joy and gratitude for all the people and things in my life. It…

Vote Yes on Prop A: More Affordable Housing Without a Tax Increase

Vote Yes on Prop A: More Affordable Housing  Without a Tax Increase

Prop A authorizes a $310 million housing bond to finance the construction, development and preservation of affordable housing that prioritizes seniors, middle income families, veterans and disabled persons. Prop A…

Making LGBT Lives Visible Again

Making LGBT Lives Visible Again

On October 7, Governor Brown signed the LGBT Disparities Reduc­tion Act that requires four state agen­cies to collect voluntary self-reported demographic information on sexual orientation and gender identity. This bill…

Surviving AIDS – Looking Beyond the Meds

Surviving AIDS – Looking Beyond the Meds

On September 18, the eighth annual National HIV & Aging Awareness Day will highlight the massive change in the epidemic: half of all people with HIV in the U.S. will…

Openhouse’s Emotional Support Program: A Bridge to Resources and Mental Health Services

Openhouse’s Emotional Support Program: A Bridge to Resources and Mental Health Services

One of Openhouse’s most important goals is to build and strengthen community connections for LGBT older adults and seniors. When such individuals experience mental distress and are not able to…

Next Steps Needed to Develop An LGBT Senior Mental Health Safety Net

Next Steps Needed to Develop  An LGBT Senior Mental Health Safety Net

In July 2013, the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force’s survey (Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco) reported 15% of the 616 participants seriously considered committing suicide…

It’s Just That Simple

It’s Just That Simple

When the California Legislature returns on August 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin processing bill 959, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Disparities Reduction Act. Sponsored by Assemblyman David…

Understanding Our Aging Bodies

Understanding Our Aging Bodies

Openhouse is doing a remarkable job addressing the barriers to connect LGBT seniors to aging support services. But there are still too many LGBT elders, in particular those over 80…

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