Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, serves as the Director of the LGBT Aging Project. Read her full bio here.
What is the LGBT Aging Project?
We work to ensure that LGBT older adults and caregivers In Massachusetts have equal access to resources, services, and programs. When we started the LGBT Aging Project in 2001, we realized that the needs of LGBT elders weren’t always understood by mainstream elder care providers, and the LGBT community wasn’t really mindful of older adults. We try to work in three areas: cultural competency training for mainstream elder care providers; community building and civic leadership for LGBT older adults themselves; and public policy and research to change the bigger picture. Continue reading
Tamy-Feé Meneide serves on the Executive Task Force of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging. She recently joined the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee to help promote greater diversity and inclusion within the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Tamy-Feé Meneide is currently the clinical research diversity coordinator at the Harvard Aging Brain Study.
Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP), and serves as a Chair on the committee for diversity of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the executive committee of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. She recently received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.
You founded the Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP). What is the LHIP?
The LHIP is a nonprofit organization that was founded to address the issue of access to medical care for Latinos in Massachusetts. Latinos are among the most affected populations when it comes to lack of medical coverage. Continue reading
Dr. Frank Caro is co-founder of the Brookline Community Aging Network, a volunteer-driven organization with a mission to make Brookline a better place to grow old.
What is the Brookline Community Aging Network?
The Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) is a collaboration among Brookline residents, the Brookline Council on Aging, and a cluster of nonprofit organizations that are all concerned with the well-being of older people in Brookline. It’s part of an international effort, sometimes described as the Village Movement, which represents activities at the community level to make conditions favorable for older people to continue living successfully in those communities. Within the Village movement, BrooklineCAN is distinctive in its effort to be inclusive of all who are interested (membership is a nominal $25 per year), its emphasis on services already provided by Brookline’s Senior Center, its attention to Brookline as a whole as a good place for older people to live, and its reliance on volunteers. Continue reading
Janet Seckel-Cerrotti is the Executive Director of FriendshipWorks, where she has been helping to match volunteers with socially isolated elders for 30 years.
What is FriendshipWorks?
FriendshipWorks is a nonprofit dedicated to helping elders in the Boston and Brookline area who are isolated and in need of a helping hand, a person to talk to, a friend. With over 62,000 elders living in Boston, more than 22,000 are currently living alone. Social isolation and loneliness among elders can be debilitating both emotionally and physically. It’s a growing problem for today’s generation, but we have a simple solution. Continue reading