AARP Jacksonville is pleased to sponsor the ElderSource Institute's screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Gen Silent. In 2010, for a period of a year, Director Stu Maddux followed the lives of six LGBT elders in the Boston area as they answered the question, “How much would they leave behind in order to be safe in the long-term health care system?”. Their stories became the fabric of Gen Silent. As any other older adults, LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging. However, because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, they are at a higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.
Join us on May 10 in the viewing of Gen Silent as we gain insight into how oppression through the years affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors as they grow older and are faced with decisions of care in their later years. Following the documentary, we will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on what it means to be an LGBT elder in today’s society and discuss what progress is needed to ensure that LGBT elders receive the care they need in environments that are safe and welcoming.