April 1, 2015

A Caring Response: Aging, HIV and LGBT Older Adults

Tuesday, August 9th  |  12 – 4 PM  |  GCCR Classroom |  Free

A free seminar for all healthcare professionals, direct and indirect service providers and caregivers who work with LGBT older adults

Learning Objectives:

  • An overall increase in awareness, cultural competence, and sensitivity toward the aging LGBT population with special attention to issues related to HIV and aging.
  • Ability to recognize and define symbols and terms unique to LGBT culture.
  • Increased ability to interact comfortably with members of the aging LGBT community and those with HIV.
  • Better defined awareness of political, social, and economic issues that are unique to the LGBT community and those with HIV which impact psychosocial aspects of aging and healthcare receptivity.
  • Increased recognition of issues specific to the LGBT community, those with HIV and end-of-life care.
  • Increased awareness of legal issues unique to LGBT individuals, couples, and those with HIV with particular focus on Advanced Medical Directives.
  • Increased awareness of HIV and its prevalence in the older adult population.


Jay White, is currently completing his Masters in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is Director of Professional and Community Development for the VCU Department of Gerontology.   White received a BA from Washington and Lee University and has completed coursework for an MA from the College of William and Mary.  His areas of Gerontological study include LGBT and Aging and Livable Communities.  White has facilitated numerous workshops on LGBT and Aging and has presented research at the Southern Gerontological Society’s Annual Meeting and the American Society on Aging’s Annual Meeting.

Johnnie O’Neal, M.S.W., 2009 Ph.D. cohort, is a third year doctoral student in the VCU School of Social Work.  He also serves as an adjunct professor in the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs for the School of Social Work.  His research focus is HIV/AIDS prevention in adults 50 and older.  O’Neal received his M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina and his B.S.W. from Limestone College.  His prior direct practice experience includes work as a clinical social worker with individuals living with HIV/AIDS and medical social worker in a hospital setting.  Prior to coming to VCU, he also served as an adjunct professor in the B.S.W. program at Limestone College.

Curriculum Developers

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology:  “Improving Eldercare through Education” is the mission of VCU’s Department of Gerontology.  For 35 years, the department has broadly ascribed to this mission, recognizing that learning moments about eldercare and optimal aging come in many forms.  Whether in a classroom or experientially, the department is proud to be on the cutting edge of Gerontological scholarship while opening eyes, dispelling myths, awakening passions, and changing lives.  For more information on the VCU Department of Gerontology, call 804-828-1565 or visit http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/gerontology/.

Stu Maddux is a freelance writer, editor and cinematographer with international credits who has become a multi-award winning producer and director of non-fiction films and television. His most current production is Gen Silent, a film documenting elderly LGBT people who go back into the closet to survive in the healthcare system. Stu’s work has been televised internationally with credits including Showtime, BBC and The Learning Channel. He began his career as a television reporter/anchor in Nashville, Tennessee where he won six regional Emmy Awards. Maddux has a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri and speaks frequently on story writing and documentary filmmaking.  More information on the documentary Gen Silent is available at www.gensilent.com.

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, is the Director of the LGBT Aging Project in Boston. She is a social worker with twenty years of experience in community based elder services, ranging from Case Manager at Springwell to Director of Home Care at Somerville Cambridge Elder Services.  She has been an active member of the LGBT Aging Project since its inception in 2001, and became the organization’s Director in 2004.  She is the Co-Chair of the LGBT Shared Interest Group for the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW and a Leadership Council member for the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) of the American Society on Aging.  More information on the LGBT Aging Project is available at http://www.lgbtagingproject.org/.

Free of charge. Space is limited. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Certificates of Attendance will be provided.
Please reserve your space by calling the Gay Community Center by August 3rd.
804-622-4646 x22
Cell: 804-380-0904

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-08-09
End Time: 14:00

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