GRIOT in the News
See GRIOT Circle's latest news and exciting stories covered by the media about our positive work in the LGBTQ Elder community.
Photo & Video Gallery
Enjoy photos and videos of the GRIOT community from its many special events.
Learn how health and wellness can be improved for LGBT older people of color.
Resources on Aging
Find credible sources of information around aging in the LGBT community, linking you to helpful answers.
In The News
GRIOT Article in Generations
GRIOT Circle was invited to draft an article for the American Society on Aging’s journal, Generations. The submitted article was co-written by GRIOT staff - Aundaray Guess and Katherine Acey - along with Hyun-Jun Kim, Sarah Jen, and Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen and is titled, “A Collaboration for Health and Wellness: GRIOT Circle and Caring and Aging with Pride.” Read the article here.
Mashable Article on GRIOT Circle and Aging
"For LGBTQ seniors, the need for community is particularly acute. The population is twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single and almost 75% less likely to have children. Internalized stigma, coupled with structural discrimination, makes it difficult for queer and trans seniors — who disproportionately live in poverty — to receive the critical social services they need." Read the article here.
GRIOT Circle Annual Report
“Seeing our members’ excitement and increased participation makes it all worthwhile. We currently offer a whole host of special events and activities, including, among other things, additional off-site cultural events, multi-generational trainings, evening programs at BCPC, Sitting Tai Chi, Ujamaa Men’s Group, the evidenced-based diabetes management program, and a daily food service. Experiencing our members’ positive responses to these exhilarating and stimulating programs makes serving this powerful organization all the more fulfilling.” - Franciene Forte, Board Co-Chair & Juan Battle, Ph.D., Board Co-Chair
Abstract: Despite growing racial and ethnic diversity among LGBTQ, older adults in the United States, they largely are invisible in aging services, research, and public policy. GRIOT Circle and Caring and Aging with Pride are pioneering efforts in community-based services and research. This article describes innovative and effective ways to reach and serve LGBTQ older adults of color, how research can be designed collaboratively to address strengths and disparities in social, health, and economic well-being, and barriers to accessing aging services in these populations.
"Centers like GRIOT Circle hope to close some of these gaps. GRIOT understands that not everyone gets their support from their biological family or romantic partner(s). Queer families or chosen families — the often platonic network of people LGBTQ folks call family — provide that sense of connection. Yet for much of this population, queer families are a luxury of the young."
Photos from GRIOT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
More Photos of the GRIOT Community
We invited you to celebrate GRIOT Circle’s 20th Anniversary, and the community came out in force! The event took place on September 15th, 2016 at the fabulous "Dumbo Loft" in Brooklyn. We celebrated the works of inspirational leaders who contribute to the wellness of the LGBTQ community, and thank Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, Joey Pressley, Carmen Vázquez, and Linda Villarosa for giving our community visibility and leadership through your work, words and actions.
From "pride parades" to special events, when our community gathers together it becomes clear that we are better together.
GRIOT Circle was the Grand Marshall at the 2016 Brooklyn Pride. Recognized for providing 20 years of service and support to LGBT elders, GRIOT members and staff marched together during the Twilight Parade.
GRIOT Circle celebrated 20 years of providing advocacy, wellness, and support programs to LGBT older adults of color. This video features members and staff as they reflect on GRIOT's mission and how they're impacted and was featured at the recent 20th Anniversary Gala held on September 15th in Brooklyn.
News 11 showcased the partnership between GRIOT Circle and Elder Share the Arts program as the newscast highlighted the collaborative art program for seniors. This video captures the member's participation in the program and allows each to discuss the value art brings to them.
“The Silver Rainbow” is a companion video for our “Now Is Our Time” campaign. Produced in collaboration with The New School and former GRIOT board member, Tony Whitfield.
Produced in partnership with SAGE, this brief explores 10 policy areas where health and wellness can be improved for LGBT older people of color, examining policy topics such as federal funding gaps, the ways in which health reform implementation can reach marginalized people, LGBT-specific barriers within programs such as Social Security.
Resources on Aging: Contact Information
AARP - AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS
AARP is a nonprofit social welfare agency which advocates for the needs of mature, elderly citizens of the U.S.
Includes a wealth of information, articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources, designed to make it easier for people caring for an aging parent or elderly spouse to quickly find the information they need.
ALLIANCE FOR AGING RESEARCH
The Alliance for Aging Research is a not-for-profit advocacy organization fighting for science policies in the nation's capital to speed breakthroughs for greater health, vitality and longevity.
ALZINFO.ORG is a site of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation providing comprehensive information about Alzheimer's disease
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGING
Provides education and training resources for professionals working in the field of aging.
BENEFITS CHECKUP - A SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE AGING
A free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. The National Council on the Aging created BenefitsCheckUp to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives.
Companions, Nurses, and Other In-Home Elder Care Providers . A seniors' resource including a listing of resources by state in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal resources, financial planning and management, and health care.
This site offers resources about aging and elder care, ranging from support with daily living, financial and legal information as well as community support.
CENTER FOR MEDICARE SERVICES: MEDICAID INFORMATION
Outline of services covered by the Medicaid program. Describes services provided by nursing homes and hospices; rehabilitation; personal care; occupational and physical therapy, and speech, hearing, or language disorder therapy; treatment for individuals with mental diseases; targeted case management; home and community-based care; and home health care. Discusses coverage considerations.
This site provides reports for people researching their health care providers quality and communities at no cost. Give your Health Care Providers a Check Up. Ensure you are receiving the best care. Give your hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, home care agencies and other providers a free check up with these reports.
DISABILITY SECRETS (of Social Security and benefits)
Applying for social security disability and SSI benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim may take and the high chance of being denied. But those who are denied disability can win benefits by utilizing the appeals process. To increase the chances of winning, applicants should learn about the system and file an appeal when a claim is denied. This is the place to learn the secrets of the system from those who know it inside and out!
ELDERCARE CALIFORNIA: PRECIOUSHOME
Looking for elder care in California? Contact PreciousHome, the leading Elder Care service agency in California. A precious home service for your golden needs. PreciousHome provides caregivers on a live-in or hourly home care basis to suppplement the care provided by a hospice agency.
Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 ?(Mon - Fri 9 am to 11 pm Eastern Time)
This is a toll-free telephone number to call. The Eldercare Locator will put you in contact with the "Office for the Aging" in your area, provides help in locating needed services in your area.
ElderCare Online is a beacon for people caring for aging loved ones. .
Ethical wills are a way to share your values, beliefs, life lessons, hopes for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family and community. This site has information on creating an ethical will.
FOUNDATION AIDING THE ELDERLY
Assuring our elders are treated with care, dignity and the utmost respect during their final years when they can no longer take care of themselves.
Information on all aspects of funerals, including planning, guides, memorial services, casket selection, grief and loss, funeral home directory in several nations including USA, U.K., Mexico, Canada, Australian, and more.
FUNERAL SERVICES GUIDE (in the U.K.)
Coping with Bereavement information and information on many aspects of funerals, including planning, guides, memorial services, casket selection, grief and loss, funeral home directory (for those in the U.K.)
MEDICARE INFORMATION CENTER
Medicare's own information center for those needing information on all the services provided by Medicare.
MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA: Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief
Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief. In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS
The mission of NAELA is to enable elder law attorneys to identify and meet client needs through the exchange of ideas and information on substantive elder law issues and the management of successful elder law practices.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO STOP GUARDIAN ABUSE
The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse is an organization formed by victims and for victims of unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. Since 1985, they have worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims..
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE AGING
Organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, and well being of older persons. With links to may valuable resources for the aging.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
The National Institute on Aging has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.
NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING
A public service to older New Yorkers, their families and others.
Find help, explore aging, discover news and events, help family caregivers link to more resources.
NURSING HOME ALERT.COM
Nursing Home Alert.com helps prevent nursing home abuse and helps you stop nursing home abuse and neglect by informing you of your rights and what you can do, including legal action.
NURSING HOME MONITORS
NursingHomeMonitors.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the American elderly by fighting abuse, neglect, and exploitation in our nation's nursing homes.
News and information, as well as resources for the elderly.
The Senior List is a nationwide consumer-opinion portal dedicated to linking families with quality eldercare resources, including a comprehensive eldercare directory for the entire USA.
SENIOR SERVICE DIRECTORY
The Senior Service Directory is an online informational resource and senior services directory for seniors, older adults and caregivers in North America.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to.
Designed especially for today's active seniors, it is filled with advice, tips, and articles about retirement, personal finances, medicare benefits, and more with solutions to help seniors simplify their lives eliminate the hassles and get the most out of retirement.
UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION ON AGING
AGING INFORMATION CENTER
You can find the Office for the Aging for your State from this site, plus much more! Information on Medicare, managed care, Medigap insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term care facilities, reports on health care fraud prevention programs of the U.S.A.
U.S. Government Services and Information. Find government information and services by topic