Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders
|Tax ID No.||13-2947657|
|Headquarters||New York, NY|
|Key people||LGBT older adults|
|Mission||SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.|
|Formerly called||Senior Action in a Gay Environment|
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is America's oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. According to its mission statement, "SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues." SAGE is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on advocacy on the local and federal levels, as well as activities, groups and programs that encourage LGBT older adults to stay connected with each other and the community.
SAGE's leadership includes Executive Director, Michael Adams, former Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal. SAGE's work is supported by a board of directors located throughout the U.S.
Incorporated by lesbian and gay activists and aging service professionals in 1978 as Senior Action in a Gay Environment, SAGE (now Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is primarily located in New York City and has affiliates all over the United States of America. SAGE works with LGBT older adults and aging service providers to address and overcome the challenges of discrimination in older adult service settings.
SAGE is responsible for the nation's first Friendly Visiting program for frail and homebound LGBT older adults; the country's first support group for LGBT older adults with HIV; the nation's first program dedicated to caregiving services for LGBT older adults; the nation's first LGBT Senior Drop-In Center and the creation of the first national conferences devoted to LGBT aging concerns.
In 2010, SAGE became the recipient of a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to create the nation's only national resource center on LGBT aging.
Older Adults SAGE's Clinical & Social Services program offers individual and group counseling and comprehensive case management, while our Community Services program offers discussion groups, educational programs and social activities for more that 2,000 older adults. Caregivers
Caregivers SAGE's Caregiver program provides a wide range of services for caregivers and care recipients. SAGECAP (SAGE Caring And Preparing) was the focus of a New York citywide ad campaign in 2010 which won a GLAAD Media Award in Advertising for “Outstanding Social Marketing Campaign”
SAGE Harlem The SAGE Harlem Neighborhood Program is considered a NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) based not on geography but on affinity. SAGE Harlem provides LGBT older adults in Harlem and allies opportunities for recreation and socializing, social services and support, educational opportunities and partners with neighborhood CBOs and senior centers to raise visibility and improve the quality of services. SAGE Harlem is located in the historic Hotel Theresa, located at 2090 Seventh Avenue, Suite 201, New York, NY and is part of New York City Department for the Aging blueprint for increasing the city’s livability for older New Yorkers.
Advocacy & Policy By advocating for LGBT-affirming public policies, SAGE attempts to create a better life experience for older members of the LGBT community. SAGE is working with its office in Washington, D.C. and national partners on legislation pertaining to the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and Medicaid in 2011.
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- U.S. Administration on Aging Press Release – February 10, 2010
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
- Second Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising September 30, 2010
- New York State Office for the Aging Accessed January 25, 2010
- CNN Aging issues can be tougher on gays May 14, 2010
- New York Times. Accessed January 25, 2010
- Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults March, 2010
- Outing Age 2010 November 23, 2009
- Breaking the Silence: LGBT Seniors Making Great Strides; May 2011; NYC Senior Care
- The Silent Population: Mounting Issues Facing a Growing LGBT Senior Population; May 2011; NYC Senior Care
- Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) — official website
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging — sister website
- NORC Blueprint — A guide to developing NORC programs