Call for Proposals – SAGE Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging

The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to co-sponsor the Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging. The conference, presented by AARP, will be held October 12-14, 2008 at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Currently, SAGE is seeking proposals for its Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging, entitled, It’s About Time: LGBT Aging in a Changing World. Proposals are due no later than May 15th. (Extended to May 30th) Multiple submissions are welcome. For more information on proposal submissions contact

Goals of the Conference are to:

  • Increase awareness of the diversity of LGBT people ages 50 and older for professionals and policymakers working in aging services, LGBT programs, HIV areas, and related fields.
  • Provide concrete, tangible examples of replicable work that will build capacity in agencies providing or seeking to provide services to LGBT seniors.
  • Provide an interactive and educational setting where experts share information with attendees on the latest issues, services, programs, policies, research and trends addressing the future of LGBT aging.
  • Offer “skills-building” training for professionals seeking to begin or increase their capacity to provide services and programs that look to the future of LGBT aging in the United States.
  • Offer “best practices” or “lessons learned” in the development of programs and services for underserved senior populations that have applicability to LGBT seniors.

Conference organizers welcome proposals focusing on:

  • Service & Program. We are seeking presentations on effective service delivery systems and program/service models; outreach techniques, needs assessments and other developmental tools; best practices/lessons learned; reaching underserved populations, and more. Capacity-building sessions that offer staff and board development, fundraising approaches, event development, marketing/communications and other “nuts and bolts” components for creating LGBT services and programs in senior settings especially welcome.
  • Effective Policy Strategies/Removing Barriers. We are seeking presentations from policymakers, funders and agency professionals which address successful partnerships within and between LGBT and aging service programs; working with AAA’s and offices for aging; cultural competency curricula and training programs; policy and legal sessions on barriers affecting LGBT seniors; funding and fiscal strategies, and more.
  • Health, Wellbeing & Sexuality. We are seeking proposals for sessions that will increase competency in the areas of health, mental health, sexuality, and spirituality. The graying of the AIDS epidemic; trans-health issues; substance abuse; developmental and physical disabilities; elder abuse; and other specialized areas are welcome.
  • Role of Research/Research to Practice. We are seeking research (completed and in development) on or affecting LGBT aging; HIV over 50 and other health research; translating research into practice, practice-based research, effective evaluation and outcome measurement practices; and analyses of current issues in aging.

For a complete application and further information, visit

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