MONDAY, 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. | MILL RACE CENTER, ART ROOM
Presenter: Sherrill Wayland
Ms. Wayland has over 20 years of experience in disability, aging, and LGBT advocacy and education.
In 2008, she became the founding executive director of SAGE Metro St. Louis, an affiliate of SAGE USA (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders).
Her organization works to enhance the quality of life for LGBT older adults in the St. Louis Metro Region. She created the first St. Louis LGBT senior referral network through collaboration with over 100 diverse health and social service organizations.
She also developed the first Missouri Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Access Training Network. In 2014 alone, Ms. Wayland and SAGE conducted 74 trainings— reaching over 2,080 community members, college students, and professionals— on topics including HIV and Aging Awareness and Prevention, Creating Safe and Welcoming LGBT Communities, LGBT Culturally Competent Care & Access to Health Care, and LGBT Aging Cultural Competency.
Over the coming years, communities large and small will see an increasing number of older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Eliminating barriers to care and insuring equal access to quality aging service requires organizations to review and make changes to policies and procedures.
This presentation will provide the tools needed to help organizations create welcoming senior centers inclusive of LGBT older adults.