The Senior Forum is now published bimonthly (every two months), so be sure to check our home page news feed and our regular meetings page for event updates. Want to view a past issue? See the Senior Forum Archives.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Communities that recognize and support the contributions of older adults are stronger. HONOR OUR LGBTQI+ ELDERS. Honor and thank the people known and unknown who shouldered enormous risk to improve the world for all of us. PRIDE IS AGELESS!
Reveille Men’s Chorus is finishing its 24th season with Bless Our Show(tunes), featuring our Broadway renditions of spiritual and religious songs. Don’t miss this uplifting, campy show where we will sing and dance to songs that will feed your soul and raise the roof!
May 18, 7:30pm
May 19, 2pm
Temple of Music and Art
330 S Scott Ave
General Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Students 23 and under: FREE (with ID)
More info: 520-304-1758
A memorial in celebration of Dea Brasgalla’s life was held May 10, 6-8pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall.
Reverend Dea Brasgalla was an invincible force and a humanitarian for ALL. After retiring as a nurse, she lived on the Hopi Reservation for 15 years before moving to Tucson. Reverend Dea was ordained in 2015 by the United Fellowship Chapel, a three year program based in Sedona, AZ. She was an activist on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, especially for the elder community. Dea was a hardworking volunteer for Senior Pride. She was the infamous roving reporter for the Senior Pride newsletter, she initiated projects, answered the phone, showed up for meetings and events and spoke out with a sweet fierceness. She was the recipient of the Steve Hall Community Volunteer Award in 2017. Dea was devoted to Wingspan, served on the City of Tucson LGBTQ Commission, as co-chair of the Senior Pride Steering Committee, as well as a leader in her church and spiritual communities. She led a vital, fascinating, and loving life. Dea was a loving, supportive friend with a special sense of humor. She has left us the legacy of her commitment to social change. She will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances and will be missed by her closest friend and caregiver Karakwennenta Peterson. —by Lavina Tomer
Medication problems plague people of all ages as well as families, caregivers, and the entire health care system. Medication errors among older people cost about $177 billion each year. If such errors were counted as a disease, they would be the fifth leading cause of death for Americans over 65…
Older adults concerned about falling restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an empowering program that teaches valuable fall prevention strategies.
Eight 2-hour classes, twice a week for 4 weeks
Mondays and Wednesdays
May 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, 5, 10, 12
$20 per person / $30 per couple
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson, AZ 85705
• view falls as controllable
• set goals for increasing activity
• make changes to reduce fall risks at home
• exercise to increase strength and balance
Who should attend?
• anyone concerned about falls
• anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
• anyone who has fallen in the past
• anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns
SIGN UP FOR A MATTER OF BALANCE TODAY!
Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration is required.
Call the PCOA Health Promotion Program at (520) 305-3410.
»See flyer with map
Co-Sponsored with Southern Arizona Senior Pride
Members in the Senior Pride community are currently reporting intimidating and threatening calls impersonating Social Security. DON’T BE A VICTIM. Learn how to recognize fraud.
Fraudulent callers use threatening language and state that, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action or simply experience a suspension of retirement benefits, if the citizen fails to call a provided phone number to address the issue. This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls, not call the numbers and not provide any personal information.
Bring your story to life, build community and find your voice in this 3-week workshop facilitated by Casa Libre volunteers and local storyteller and writer Cat Belue. Cat is a daily journaler and works with Tucson’s Female StoryTellers (FST) as a performer and selection committee volunteer.
MAY 25, JUN 1, JUN 8, JUN 15
2902 N. Geronimo
FREE classes and performance!
Live storytelling and anthology release event:
SAT, JUN 29
For more info and to REGISTER (REQUIRED):
email or 520-222-9635
Senior Pride takes particular pride in congratulating Robert Bell, who, on February 16, 2019, will receive the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) Steve Hall Award at their annual Out Brunch.
Robert has been instrumental in the growth of Senior Pride as an organization, since it was part of Wingspan. He has served as chair and co-chair of events presenting films and authors, worked tirelessly to develop funding and resources and provided leadership in countless ways as a member of the Senior Pride Steering Committee. Robert volunteers in many ways including collating the newsletter, tabling at special events and participating in serving meals to LGBTQ youth: illustrations of his modesty and commitment to team work. Like Steve Hall, Robert is willing to take on whatever job needs to be done. »more
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED due to low attendance.
MAR 24 / APR 14 / APR 28 / MAY 12 / MAY 26
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
(Building north of parking lot)
Registration not required
Suggested donation $2-$10
Guests are invited to bring snacks or dishes – water will be provided.
No partner necessary
More info: contact us
The former law banned public educational instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle, portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle and suggested that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”
For nearly 30 years this harmful and discriminatory law tied educators’ hands and prevented LGBTQ youth, and all students, from receiving information that impacted their health, safety and wellness.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s noted physician assistant Helle Brand, and University of Arizona Neurologist Dr. Steven Rapcsak, MD, will be presenting a “Stump the Chump” Q&A in support of people with memory loss conditions. This program offers caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, a fun, unique opportunity with open and direct access to experts in all things dementia-related. Bring your top questions and concerns and see if you’ve got the one that will Stump the Chump!
MAY 29, 9-10:30am
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Tucson
3838 N Campbell Ave
Building 2, 1st Fl
Conference Room 10116
»More info (with map) and REGISTER
In Our Own Voices offers KXCI listeners a glimpse into the experiences of the various voices that make up Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities. You’ll hear everything from stories of families, careers, coming out, to traditions, music, and everything in between. The series is hosted and produced by Dante Celeiro, Grace Gonzales, Tucker Grace, Lola Lai Jong, Jamie A Lee, Kurt B. Reighley, Erin Russ and TC Tolbert, volunteers from Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Tune in to KXCI 91.3 FM:
Monday: 2:55 PM
Tuesday: 4:55 AM
Weds: 9:55 AM
Friday: 7:55 PM
Saturday: 1:55 AM & 4:55 PM
Made possible by a grant from The Alliance Fund LGBTQ+: A Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking and Senior Pride updates.
2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)
NEXT: TUE, JUN 11, 2-3pm
Speaker: Karyn Garvin of Diversity Toastmasters Group
Topic: Learn how Tucson’s LGBTQ Toastmasters gain self confidence, personal growth and communications skills.
More info: contact us.
The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly to enjoy companionship and engage in lively discussion of a wide variety of books! Our group is diverse and welcomes all who share our interest in reading books and talking about them.
Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road
Tucson (and Vine)
»View on Google Maps
Next meeting: JUNE 19
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Coordinated by Les Tannenbaum
For more info: 520-312-8923 or email
A FREE workshop from Social Security!
When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?
How does early retirement affect your benefits?
Do you qualify for disability, survivors and spouse benefits?
How do you get the most from your benefit?
What is the future of Social Security?
When should you file for Medicare?
Plus, learn how to use your “my Social Security” online account and other online services.
Before the workshop, go to SocialSecurity.gov and create a “my Social Security” account. Then print out your Social Security statement and bring that with you to the workshop.
With speaker, Jack Burns
Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration
TUE, JULY 2
530 N Wilmot Rd
Pima County Murphy-Wilmot Library, event coordinator
2 hour presentation followed by 1 hour Q&A.
No reservation required. No cost to attend.
530 N Wilmot Rd
4th Tuesday of every month starting at 2pm
(no presentation on 12/24/19)
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N First Ave
2nd Thursday of every month starting at 2pm
Pima Council on Aging neither sells nor endorses any Medicare plans.
Become a volunteer with the only organization in southern Arizona run by and for LGBTQI+ Seniors!