Resource highlight: SAGE Metro Portland

Previously named “Elder Resource Center (ERA)” and “Gay & Grey,” SAGE Metro Portland was founded in 2001 in collaboration with a coalition of aging service professionals and LGBT older adults. 

They work with and for LGBT seniors (60 and better) to create community and social change. They work to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT older adults living in Multnomah County.

Did you know?

    •  Roughly 80% of long-term senior care is provided by family members. LGBT older adults are 50% less likely to have relatives they can rely on for help as compared to the general population.
    •  73% of LGBT seniors state that discrimination occurs in retirement facilities.
    •  Police and government agencies can be sources of abuse and mistreatment for transgender older adults, making it difficult to safely report discrimination.

These obstacles, along with others, make it more difficult for LGBT seniors to achieve key components of healthy aging: financial security, quality health care, community support and engagement.

This is where SAGE Metro Portland comes in. Their mission:

    •  To offer SUPPORT. SAGE Metro Portland offers Options Counseling, case management, and information and referral services to LGBT older adults, offering support in finding and accessing resources, decision making, and aging service system navigation.
    •  To ADVOCATE. They advocate for all LGBT seniors, locally and nationally. This includes involvement with legislative and community leaders, partnerships with senior housing providers, and connection to the SAGE National network.
    •  To help with HOUSING. SAGE Metro Portland works directly with senior housing facilities to create lasting change and to advocate for safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments.
    •  To offer spaces of COMMUNITY BUILDING.  They host weekly social groups at local restaurants. We also hold special events including the Gay & Grey Expo (a health and resource fair for LGBT seniors, professionals and allies), Pride events, holiday parties, and guest speakers.
    •  To EDUCATE the community. Since 2001, SAGE Metro Portland has offered high-quality trainings for students, business leaders and professionals in nursing, social work, naturopathy, gerontology, in-home care services, senior housing, government and non-profit management. Trainings include an expert facilitator and a panel of LGBT seniors who share their life experiences about the joys and challenges of being both LGBT and an aging person in our culture and society.

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