SASP General Meeting
February 11, 2020

Senior Pride Speakers Series

Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking, discussion and Senior Pride updates.

2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3:30pm
Himmel Park Library

1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)
More info: contact Senior Pride

NEXT: FEB 11, 2-3:30pm
Dr. Amanda Sokan

Speaker: DR. AMANDA SOKAN is a faculty member in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.  She holds a PhD in Gerontology, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky, as well as a law degree (LL.B) from the University of Buckingham, England. She serves as both a member of the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Advocacy Committee, as well as on its board.
Topic: Being Your Own Rescue: Becoming a Savvy Consumer of Health Care
For older adults, navigating health and the health system becomes ever more complicated. LGBTQ+ individuals may contend with barriers others do not, as life experiences may have impacted their openness to health care providers as well as to available resources. Gerontologist Dr Amanda Sokan will provide tips to navigate this maze. Included in her presentation will be advice about finding and working with a health care provider, what consumers should do to preserve their own health, and lesser known factors in bolstering healthy lives and assuring wellbeing — these include spirituality, humor, and complementary and alternative health services. Time permitting, special issues for older adults like elder abuse and isolation will be discussed.

Future Speakers and Topics

MAR 10

Speaker: Kaitlyn Sparks and Jessica Pryde of the Pima Public Library LGBTQ+ Services Committee
Topic: LGBTQ+ authors at the Tucson Festival of Books and Pima Public Library LGBTQ+ library programs and services

APR 14

Photo of Andrew Broan, gay tourism and bike tours

Speaker: Andrew Broan, self identified as a “homo guide,” is a travel expert, writer and tour director. Broan has guided tours throughout the world for 23 years, with a speciality in gay tourism and bike tours.
Topic: Tips for Older LGBTQ Travelers
Andrew will discuss low budget travel options, destinations for older travelers, web travel resources, health and safety concerns, avoiding homophobic discrimination while abroad, planning tools such as maps and packing strategies. He includes locations in the US, in the Southwest, as well as abroad that older adults might find appealing and practical. Andrew studied at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris and Yale University.

MAY 12

Speakers: Sarah Bahnson, LGBTQ Liasion for Pima County on Aging (PCOA) and Jeri Morrison, coordinator of PCOA’s LGBTQ Welcoming Caregiver Support Group
Topic: PCOA’s programs and services for the LGBTQ community


Speaker: Alan Trachtenberg, Tucson Police Dept
Topic: Senior Safety
Issues covered will include scams, making homes secure, scams and fall prevention.