The actress Bette Davis allegedly once said “Aging ain’t for sissies!” She was right. Aging definitely has its challenges and those of us who spent most of our lives living in an LGBT-phobic culture often experience another layer of complications. There aren’t many places where we are able to honor and affirm our unique life journeys and our common history.
A rare opportunity for us older LGBT adults to connect with each other and explore our aging concerns in a safe supportive atmosphere is being provided by the Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adults Program with my “Aging Gayfully” classes. Three classes are being offered this Spring with Wednesdays classes beginning January 17th 10 am – noon in Santa Rosa at the Finley Community Center’s Senior Wing and from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Classes also begin at Vintage House in Sonoma on Thursday January 18th from 10 am – noon.
These empowering classes are an expansion of the 8-week workshops I have done in the past and are an expression of my passion for bringing to my community my many years of experience serving LGBT and other older adults as well as my continuing studies of both LGBT aging research and new aging theories. Each class begins with the introduction of a strategy for optimal aging and then the group has an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences relevant to the topic. The discussion is my favorite part as each person brings to the group their own experiences, insights, compassion, and humor.
I am inviting everyone who think they might be interested to contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 227-6935 and/or to attend one of the first class meetings for an overview of proposed topics and the option to register.