The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with SAGE to receive a wide array of in-person and online skill-building for our staff and volunteers nationwide. SAGE’s leadership, dedication and expertise in developing and delivering this training was incredible! It is critical to our mission to serve the LGBT community with the highest level of dignity and respect and our partnership with SAGE is helping us do just that. We are truly thankful and inspired by the work that was done.Marshawn Brown - Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Alzheimer's Association National Organization
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale partnered with SAGE to obtain the coaching, skills, and technical assistance we need to treat LGBT residents with respect. SAGE's professionalism and expertise have made them ideal partners, and we look forward to working together on more staff development and organizational change.Ellen Burke, MBA, SPHR - Vice President of Human Resources, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
On behalf of the staff of CCCI, I wanted to warmly and enthusiastically thank you for your excellent presentation on LGBT aging here at CCCI. I believe that this presentation made a real impact on the attendees and I think positive changes in our care management practice will follow as a result. We can't thank you enough!Julie B. Follo, RN, MSN, CMC - Educational Services Supervisor, Connecticut Community Care, Inc.
As the in-service in LGBT Competencies was presented to the clinical and para-professional staff at VNSNY Hospice and Palliative care there was an overall positive response from those attending. Many of those present were not aware of the long history of institutional prejudice toward persons who identified as LGBT. A positive outcome was that while many expressed their discomfort with initiating a conversation about sexual orientation and gender identity they acknowledged their responsibility for creating a ``safe space`` where this disclosure can take place.Earl Collom, LMSW - Facility Liaison, Hospice and Palliative Care, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Because of the nature of our work, LGBT training has to be ongoing, consistent, and responsive to the reality of our staff and residents' lives. In a dynamic community, not only do the staff come and go, but the residents do as well. The message of inclusion, acceptance, and respect is such a foundational part of the core values of Rose Villa that we must reinforce it and reinterpret it over and over to be sure it reaches every member. Each person arrives with their own history and life lessons. We have the opportunity make clear ground appear for everyone here to live and work together in deeply meaningful ways. But this doesn't just happen. You have to work at it - make the time and resources available, make it a priority. This work is NEVER ‘done.’Vassar Byrd - Chief Executive Officer, Rose Villa Senior Living (Portland, OR)
The training was very impactful and sensitizing. I am grateful for it and feel significantly more empathic to LGBT issues because of it.2015 participant -
In a discussion with a co-worker, I was able to provide her with some information on the challenges LGBT seniors face that other seniors don't. She asked a lot of questions which I felt comfortable answering and I believe she has a new perspective on working with seniors.2015 participant -
(At this community) I was never asked how many children I have. So I was never asked why on earth someone like me doesn’t have children. Or why I’m not married. Every time I hear those questions I feel sad, helpless and vulnerable... But no one (at this community) asked why. It took several months at home to realize – it must be a policy of (this community). It required great insight and sensitivity by the people responsible for that policy. It allowed me to let down certain defenses and be cared for.An LGBT resident living in a community trained by SAGE -