13th Annual LGBTQ+ Elders Conference goes global online
May 20, 2024

Join others from across the globe for the 13th annual virtual conference: LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World.

AgeSpan is hosting this popular event in partnership with Good Shepherd Community Care, the LGBTQIA+ Aging Project Fenway Health, and the Salem State University School of Social Work on Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

AgeSpan CEO
Joan Hatem-Roy

The one-day conference focuses on interdisciplinary practice and community engagement for people working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning + older adults, and caregivers. LGBTQ+ people interested in their own aging or caregiving needs are invited to attend.

This year’s theme is “Bridges to Belonging: Fostering Inclusivity and Identity in LGBTQ+ Aging” and features keynote speaker Robyn Ochs, an educator, speaker, and grassroots activist. She is the editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men.

Ochs is an advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity. Her work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements, with special interest in bi+ health, the experiences of bi+ people in the workplace, the global bi+ movement, bi+ elders, and bi and LGBTQIA+ youth.

Conference attendees can select from nine workshops on topics ranging from intergenerational storytelling, addressing social isolation and support among transgender and gender diverse older adults, and the importance of inclusion in the research of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The cost for the conference ranges from $25 for seniors and students to $95 for an option that includes CEUs. Visit the conference website at: to register or get more information.

I hope that you can join us!

Are you caring for an older adult or need help finding healthy aging resources? Our experienced staff is available to help. Visit us online at You can also call 800-892-0890 or email

Joan Hatem-Roy is the chief executive officer of AgeSpan, which serves Andover, Boxford, Chelmsford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rowley, Salisbury, Salem, Mass., and West Newbury.

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