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Several weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that many of America’s 1.5 million gay senior citizens struggle with discrimination and isolation:

Experts say many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities — ultimately leading many back into the closet after years of being open.

Gays are also less likely to have biological family to help out with informal caregiving, either through estrangement or being childless, making them more dependent on outside services. And that makes them more vulnerable, SAGE executive director Michael Adams said.

“They cannot at all assume that they will be treated well or given the welcome mat,” he said.

But established and emerging health and policy professionals throughout the country are working to bring these issues to the forefront — and on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the 2011-12 class of Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows will continue the conversation. Their free, public symposium called “Aging With Pride” will focus on the health issues facing LGBT older adults.

Guest speakers will include:

Magda Houlberg, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Howard Brown Health Center

Cecilia Hardacker
LGBT competency trainer
Howard Brown Health Center

Light refreshments and snacks will be served. R.S.V.P. strongly encouraged. Please reply to rsvp@hmprg.org or 312-372-4292 ext. 24

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
5:30 – 7:30pm
Rush University, Room 976
600 South Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60607

Support for this event is provided by the Rush University Interprofessional Learning Series on Improving Health Access, Equity and Outcomes for All People.

To view a flyer with full details, click the below link:
Schweitzer Symposium -Aging With Pride