LGBTQ Communities and Issues


The number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) adults over the age of 65 is growing. According to AARP, in the next several decades there will be more than 3 million LGBTQ seniors. Many in need of senior care.

One of the many challenges we face as care providers is how to to communicate and address the needs this diverse and growing community.

Join Katie Carter of the Pride Foundation and Sharon Brothers of the Institute for Professional Care Education as they discuss the current issues and disparities facing LGBTQ seniors.

What you’ll learn:

  • What the acronym LGBTQ really means
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation – and how it applies to all of us
  • Unique needs of older LGBTQ individuals and what providers need to know
  • Where to find more information and guidance on the web and in your community

About the Presenters:

Katie Carter is originally from the Midwest and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008. She dove head-first into Oregon’s thriving nonprofit world, serving as the Program Director at In Other Words Feminist Community Center, and then going on to work at the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Inspired by the life-changing work so many other organizations are doing in Oregon, she spends much of her spare time volunteering. She has worked with Trans Active Gender Center, co-founded Feminist Agenda PDX, served on the advisory board at the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), and was the fundraising chair for the Oregon End Violence Against Women PAC.

Sharon Brothers, MSW brings her years of experience in senior care services to her passion as the founder and CEO of the Institute for Professional Care Education®. Sharon has an advanced degree in social work and leadership experience in multi-state assisted living corporations. She has been a developer, owner and operator of dementia care assisted living communities and has deep expertise as an educator for all levels of staff within the care profession.