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March 17, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Time Details:
Registration and Social - 12:30 p.m. Town Hall - 1-4 p.m.
KWA Social Hall
123 E. 96 Street
Tacoma, WA 98445
Free RSVP at 253-798-8787 or
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LGBTQ Aging in Pierce County: A Town Hall

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Join us to shape a more inclusive and age-friendly Pierce County. Attend discussion sessions to help design and enhance multi-generational relationships and resources for optimal aging. It's a time dedicated to aging well for everyone!

Town Hall Focuses on LGBTQ Healthy Aging in Pierce County

While American mass media is focused on good looks, hip fashion and drugs for almost every ailment, aging is a fact of life.  The life expectancy in the United States now averages 78.6 years.  But when it comes to LGBTQ aging there is much more concern than simply the years ahead.  More and more, concern is focused on other concerns around health care, caregiving, finances, transportation, isolation, housing and more.

Research is really only beginning to uncover what it means to be older and LGBTQ.  Because many older LGBTQ people feel unable to be open about their sexual orientation, gender identity, and preferences earlier in life, some may experience even greater difficulty adjusting as they continue to age.  In many cases, limited family supports can result in serious challenges in later years.

“LGBTQ Aging in Pierce County” is a town-hall forum that is designed to help shape a more inclusive and age-friendly community.  It will be held Saturday, March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at KWA, 123 E. 96th Street in Tacoma.  Participants

“In many ways Pierce County is very welcoming,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “But we know there is much more work to do to be that inclusive community that welcomes and values all of our residents.  We really hope that everyone takes advantage of this opportunity.”

Introducing the event will be Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, University of Washington School of Social Work, who share information from Aging with Pride, the first federally-funded longitudinal research project examining the health, aging, and well-being over time of LGBTQ older adults.  Participants will then be asked to provide input to design and enhance multigenerational relationships and resources for optimal aging.  

“LGBTQ Aging in Pierce County” is free and open to the public.  The event is hosted by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, KWA and Tacoma Older LGBT.  Co-sponsors include the Rainbow Center, KWA, Franke Tobey Jones, Generations Aging with Pride and Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (PSOLOC).  

RSVPs are requested by calling 2543-798-8787 or sending an e-mail to  For additional details about the event call 253-798-3807.