LGBT elders in a changing world: an interdisciplinary conference

Salem State University will host an interdisciplinary conference on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) elders in a changing world on Friday, March 16, 2012. The conference is sponsored by the LGBT Aging Project, North Shore Elder Services, and Salem State University’s School of Social Work. It is the first day-long event in New England focusing on the issues of older persons who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender, and is expected to draw over two hundred social service and health-care professionals, students and elders themselves, all interested in the subject of LGBT aging and caregiving. 

The plenary session features Judith B. Bradford PhD, director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at The Fenway Institute in Boston. Other notable presenters include Charles Emlet PhD, from the University of Washington, and Sean Cahill, author of the pioneering work on LGBT policy, Outing Age. Professor Emlet is co-principal investigator on Caring and Aging with Pride, the first national project to study health and wellness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders and their caregivers.

Fifteen workshops will cover areas that include public policy, transgender aging, practice skills, HIV and aging, and end-of-life and bereavement issues. The acclaimed documentary film, Gen Silent, will be screened, and will be followed by a moderated discussion that will include film’s director, Stu Maddux, and three of the elders featured in the film.

“It is exciting to see this groundbreaking conference being held at Salem State University,” noted Cheryl Springer, director of the university’s School of Social Work. “I know that social work and health care professionals as well as students will gain from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience that sheds light on the challenges facing LGBT elders and highlights the caring capacity of the LGBT community.”

Paul Lanzikos, executive director of the Danvers-based North Shore Elder Services, further explained that, “The Elder LGBT Conference is a unique event that brings together human service workers and academic experts who have researched the issues of LGBT older adults and caregivers, as well as LGBT elders themselves. Our participation is a direct result of our work over the past three years with The LGBT Aging Project in Boston, and involves both outreach and programming for LGBT seniors and caregivers on the North Shore.”

Lisa Krinsky, director of The LGBT Aging Project concurs. “We are thrilled to partner with North Shore Elder Services and Salem State University to present such a comprehensive view of growing older in the LGBT community,” she stated. “We hope this is just the first of many such conferences that will increase both knowledge about and resources for LGBT older adults and caregivers.”

The organizers are dedicated to presentations that integrate content pertinent to cultural competency, disabilities and creative programming, as well as direct and interdisciplinary practice with LGBT elders. CEUs are available for social work and mental health professionals. Nursing CEUs are pending. Register online at For more information contact 978.624.2220.



LGBT Elders in a Changing World:

An Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday, March 16, 2012 8:30 am to 4 pm

Salem State University School of Social Work

Marsh Conference Center, Central Campus, Salem Massachusetts



$95 includes conference and lunch
$45 for seniors (60+) and students with current student ID

$30 for 4.5 social work CEUs