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Thursday, December 20, 2012

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Presented by the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)  

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Experts will share information on healthy sexuality and aging from three different perspectives, including in a continuum of care environment, a community-based organization and cutting edge research on LGBT older adult sexuality.

Participants in this web seminar will:

  • Address truths and myths about sexuality and aging
  • Learn recent research findings on the sexual health of older LGB adults
  • Consider the issue of consent to sexual activity in older adults with dementia


Hilary Meyer is the director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which is a project of SAGE along with 14 national partners. Hilary’s work includes supervising a national LGBT aging cultural competency training initiative, maintaining a resources clearinghouse website and providing technical assistance on matters involving LGBT aging. Hilary is a member of  ASA’s LAIN Leadership Council.
Robin Dessel is an administrative director, educator, public speaker, older adult rights advocate and clinician specializing in areas of dementia care and sexual rights; co-author of sexual rights multi-media including nation’s first policy affirming older adults’ sexual rights in health care settings, entitled “Resident Rights to Intimacy and Sexual Expression”; featured in educational film teaching staff to support older adult sexuality with objectivity and respect, entitled “Freedom of Sexual Expression: Dementia and Resident Rights in Long Term Care Facilities”; and partnered with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in authoring a Diagnostic Guideline to aid practitioners in assessing sexual consent in older adults with dementia, entitled “Older Adult Sexuality: Intimacy or Abuse?”
Karol Markosky, LMSW is the Special Programs Manager at Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City (CSCS) where she coordinates a city-wide training program on older adults and HIV and a food stamp outreach to seniors program which is part of the Hunger Free Communities Consortium. Additionally, she organized CSCS' participation in a video advocacy project with National Council on Aging and WITNESS, by interviewing and filming victims and advocates, to pass federal legislation on elder abuse prevention and is currently working on a similar project to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. She graduated from Iona College with a BS in Biology and from Fordham University with an MSW. She received a NASW-NYC Emerging Leaders Award in 2009. When she can, Karol also volunteers with the Iona College Center for Campus Ministries Iona in Mission program and Spence Chapin Family Services.
Mark Brennan-Ing is a Senior Research Scientist at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), ACRIA Center on HIV and Aging, and adjunct professor at the New York University College of Nursing. Mark’s works has examined psychosocial issues in the emerging population of older adults with HIV and LGBT aging issues, including mental health, social supports, service utilization, spirituality, and sexual health and functioning.




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