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February – Community
How do you define a community? Why is it important to you? How many are you a member of? Are there any that you seek to join, leave or create? How can the community we are building here best serve you?
March – Fear of Aging
What are your preconceived notions about aging? What are your greatest concerns or fears around aging? What can your family, friends, and community do to alleviate these concerns and support you? What are your thoughts on senior housing and downsizing? Have you selected a guardian? Finished your estate planning? Written an obituary and eulogy? Planned your funeral? Chosen a method of body disposal?
April – The Good Reads in Our Lives
Is there a book that has inspired you to action or left you feeling as though there was someone who finally understood you? Maybe it is a book that beckons you to a reread every decade or so. Bring your book and tell us how it came to be an inspiration or simply a favorite place to go.
Note: Books may be from any genre.
May – Mothers
Best Friends, Saints or She-Devils? Why are there only swear words directed at mothers and not fathers? (Mother F***** and Son of a B****) Do you sometimes find her words coming out of your mouth?
Did she blame herself for your lifestyle? Was her love unconditional? Do you have any Mother’s Day Traditions or Rituals? How do you imagine our culture would be different if we lived in a matriarchal society?
June – Super Heroes
Superheroes don’t always wear capes or come flying out of phone booths. Some of them are simply known as Daddy. More often than not, they are ordinary people who by their extraordinary actions have in some way freed us to live the truth of who we are. Who are your superheroes and how have they inspired you to live out your truth?
July – The Good Old Days
Drag shows, pride parades, Christmas in July or the Prom You Never Went To. What were your most memorable experiences as a young one in what we called the “Gay Community”? Bring a photo and let’s share our stories.
August – Vacations
Share your favorite vacations! (Bring some photos to accompany your stories.) Recommendations? Bucket Lists? Wanderlust!? Favorite travel partners? Favorite modes of travel?
September – New Beginnings
Autumn is known for Harvest Moons and introspection. How does quiet introspection affect our mental and emotional processes? What do we want to reflect on and incorporate into our daily routines? How do we tame procrastination? What would you like to start anew? How could journaling support this effort?
October – Superstitions
Are you superstitious? Does superstition play a role in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? What is the difference between cultural tradition and superstition? How do we stop the poaching of animals that superstition dictates?
November – Gratitude
Do you have a gratitude journal? Name at least 3 things or people you are most grateful for today. How does gratefulness manifest in your life? Is there a link between gratitude, health, and healing? How can we integrate gratitude into the culture of our divided country?
December – Giving
What compels you to give your time, energy and money to a cause? Let’s examine monetary gift-giving versus being of service. What gifts and talents do you have to share? What role does volunteering play in your life? How could this be a path to personal fulfillment?
Previously, Ingrid served as the Advocacy Director for the Washington State office of AARP, and Senior Policy Analyst for the Service Employees International Union based in Washington, DC.
More than five years working abroad on public health and aging issues gives Ingrid a global perspective on the work GenPRIDE does.
Ingrid lives in Queen Anne with her partner and two teenage sons.
Ruben is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
In February 2017, he was hired as the Director of Resident Services for SHAG Senior Housing. Previously, Ruben served for 12 years as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority.
Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersection of aging, health disparities, and well-being in marginalized communities.
As the Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) (R01), Karen is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health and aging to identify potentially modifiable factors that account for health trajectories over time in these communities.
She retired as a HR professional from The Boeing Company. Pat is the founder and current Chair/President of Tacoma Older LGBT, a 501(c)(3) serving aging LGBT adults in the Tacoma, Pierce County and surrounding areas.
She is also a board member of Generations Aging with Pride and a member of the executive committee for Pierce County Aging and Disability (an Area Agency on Aging) and the Washington State Council on Aging.
Working seven years as Managing Editor and Research Coordinator at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington.
Recently completed 12 years as board member and Publications Chair of Dignity USA, a nationwide organization of LGBTQI Catholics.
Non-car owner for 13 years, bicycle daily, 70 miles a week. Hardcore backpacker for nearly 50 years and still do week-long trips from the Arctic to Texas and from Newfoundland to California. Likes to read newspapers and non-fiction, and play bridge.
HIV-positive since 1987 and looking to live a long, healthy life.
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