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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Caring for Older LGBT+ Adults: An Insightful Media Interview on WGN Radio

WGN Radio recently invited CMSS to speak on the air about the work we do to support LGBT+ older adults. Host Lisa Dent welcomed Katie Fasullo, Corporate Director of Population Health and Health Equity to discuss how CMSS is addressing the needs of LGBT+ older adults across our continuum of care.

During the interview Katie drew attention to the aging population in the U.S., saying by 2030 there will be more than 7 million LGBT+ individuals over the age of 50. She explained that aging service providers need to understand the ways that LGBT+ people have historically been marginalized in care settings and the social support that may be needed, in addition to care.

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Katie and Lisa also spoke about the various ways that CMSS is working to support LGBT+ seniors. We create spaces for LGBT+ older adults to be in community and share their stories, we ensure that staff are educated on the history of the LGBT+ fight for equality and the unique challenges that many LGBT+ individuals face as they age, and we implement policies and procedures that make our communities more welcoming for LGBT+ residents, visitors, and staff.

CMSS would like to thank WGN Radio and Lisa Dent for inviting us to speak on the importance of fostering a safe and supportive environment for LGBT+ seniors. Listen to the WGN Radio segment here

Read more about CMSS’ work to implement inclusive policies and procedures in our various communities in our recent blog, “High Performers: CMSS’ Hartwell Place and Wesley Place Recognized in Long-Term Care Equality Index.”

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