When Robert Bell and a man he was dating in the early ’70s broke up, the man threatened to call Bell’s boss and out him as gay, in hopes of getting him fired. When Roger Osgood went to his first gay bar in the ’70s at age 28, he was absolutely petrified but knew it was the only place he could meet people who were like him. When Lavina Tomer came out as a lesbian to her family in the ’70s, she was relieved they didn’t kick her out of the family… Society has come a long way in its treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, but as one aspect of their identities has become more accepted, they’ve gained another trait that, in some ways, has pushed them back toward the outskirts…
Are you LGBTQI, 55 or older, homebound or living in a Care Community (independent or assisted living, nursing home, boarding home)? Are you disabled (of any age)? Are you isolated from your LGBTQI Community? Lonely? Senior Pride, in conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Neighbor Care Alliance, has launched a new effort to help LGBTQI elders who are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of information about services and resources that are safe and welcoming.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAM-TUCSON would like to offer you friendly visits and/or phone calls with trained volunteers who have had a background check. There is no charge to participate in this program.
Volunteer program coordinator Kay Smith says, “People in our community who are older or disabled, and not able to easily attend social functions, are isolated and feel disconnected from the community they knew all their lives. The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of home-bound people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week for 1 to 1.5 hrs. to visit, play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers will also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources.”
Interested? Contact the Program Coordinator at 520-351-2724 or by email for an application and home visit.
Did you know that deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults, and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? September 22, 2018 is the 11th Annual National Falls Prevention Day. In acknowledgement, Southern Arizona Senior Pride provides the links below to articles containing useful tips and insights, as well as suggestions for distributing information about falls prevention to your caregiver network.
Need help distributing information about preventing falls to your caregiver network?
»Sample social media messages, chock full of links to brochures, posters and videos
PAAW has a program to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals get what they need for their pets.
»View Pet Owner Resources on the Pima County No Kill website
PAAW also has a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally (culminating in a mega adoption event). Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization working toward ensuring that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care.
For news and events all year long, visit PAAW on Facebook!
Weekly group for patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Family and friends are welcome.
Every Monday (except holidays), 3-4:30pm
University of Arizona Cancer Center
3838 N. Campbell Ave. (North of Prince)
This group includes support people.
More info and to RSVP: email or phone Brenda Casey at 520-694-0347
Pima Council On Aging offers an LGBT-welcoming caregiver support group, which is open to anyone providing care for a person 60 and older, or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia of any age.
3rd Tuesday of each month
»Find out when we meet next
Pima Council on Aging
8467 E Broadway
No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) pays directly for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.»read more
Tucson joins many other cities across the United States by adding rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community and celebrate the city’s diversity. The official unveiling was held on Aug. 8th at 10am in the Creative Ventures parking lot at 522 N. 4th Avenue. The Rainbow Crosswalk Project is a collaboration between Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Speedy Striping and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.
The crosswalks are at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.
City council member Karin Uhlich said she hoped the intersection would be a place to turn when she and others “need a little dose of courage or pride.”
In the night before the unveiling, vandals splattered white paint on the crosswalks; workers were able to clean it off before the ceremony.