Salem State University | Salem | March 17, 2017 | Photos Keanu Burke
The sixth annual “LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World” drew 180 social service and health care professionals, students and older adults attending 17 breakout session. This one-day event focused on interdisciplinary practice and policy for working with LGBT older adults and caregivers. The sessions featured presentations by top qualified experts in social work, medicine, law and just about everthing in between. Speakers included Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Paul Lanzikos, executive director at North Shore Elder Services, and Kate and Linda Rohr shared an amazing personal story in the keynote: Kate is a practicing physician and transgender woman who waited until she was 67 to come out and have gender affirmation surgery at 70 with the support of her wife Linda. Partnering to sponser this year’s event were North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University, CareDimensions, AARP Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan. Plans for next year’s event, slated for March 16, 2018, are already underway.