LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World Conference, March 15th, 2019, Salem State University

LGBT Elders in An Ever Changing World Conference is an annual day-long event focusing on issues of older persons and caregivers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.  Each of the first seven conferences drew over 200 social service and health care professionals, including students and older adults themselves, interested in the subject of LGBT aging and caregiving.  Previous conferences received overwhelmingly positive responses with sentiments such as “The best conference I’ve been to in years!” and “The presenters were superb!” echoed in many evaluations and anecdotes.

The conference is in its 8th year and is being held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Salem State University and is sponsored by The LGBT Aging Project, North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University’s School of Social Work, Care Dimensions, the Over the Rainbow Coalition, and AARP Massachusetts. 

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D.

This year’s keynote speaker is Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations at the University of Washington. Dr. Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersections of aging, health, and well-being in resilient, at-risk communities. She is Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NIH/NIA, R01), the first national longitudinal study of LGBTQ midlife and older adult health assessing trajectories; Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) (NIH/NIA, R01) the first federally-funded study of cognitive impairment in LGBTQ communities; Sexual and Gender Minority Health Disparities, a population-based study of LGBTQ health of all ages; and Investigator of Rainbow Ageing: The 1st National Survey of the Health and Well-Being of LGBTI Older Australians. Dr. Goldsen is the author of more than 100 publications, three books, and numerous invitational presentations including U.S. White House conferences and Congressional Briefings. Her research has been cited by the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, Washington Post, and more than 50 international news outlets. Dr. Goldsen is founder of GenPride, GSA Rainbow Research Group, and Shanti/Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the UC Berkeley

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