La formation Pour que vieillir soit gai partout au Québec

Raising awareness and fostering welcoming environments for our senior citizens. 

For more than 10 years, Aging Gayfully has defended the rights of LGBTQ+ seniors, offering tools and training to those who support them. 

Consult our directory of organizations that have signed our Charter for the fair treatment of LGBT seniors. 

Posters, guides, videos, and other resources to make your community more inclusive.

To raise awareness and answer common questions.

TRAINING CONTENT

The Aging Gayfully training is FREE and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. It includes: an overview of concepts related to sexual and gender diversity; the evolution of LGBT rights and their impact on different generations; good practices to make environments more inclusive for LGBT seniors; and a testimonial from an LGBT senior about their life experiences. 

Upcoming events

  • Alzheimer’s disease: the physical, emotional and financial impact on those affected and their loved ones.
    Jun. 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Online workshop
    In this workshop, Claire Webster will explain through her 12 years experience as a caregiver for her mother, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, as well as the lessons she has learned in terms of the appropriate tools for manage care well, without forgetting the financial impact
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  • Aging Gayfully Training
    Tue., Jul. 06
    Workshop by videoconference
    Jul. 06, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Workshop by videoconference
    Training on issues related to sexual and gender diversity among seniors, best practices for a more inclusive environment. Includes a testimonial from an LGBT senior.
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  • Alzheimer’s disease: the physical, emotional and financial impact on those affected and their loved ones.
    Jul. 14, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Online workshop
    In this workshop, Claire Webster will explain through her 12 years experience as a caregiver for her mother, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, as well as the lessons she has learned in terms of the appropriate tools for manage care well, without forgetting the financial impact
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  • Aging Gayfully Training
    Thu., Aug. 05
    Workshop by videoconference
    Aug. 05, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
    Workshop by videoconference
    Training on issues related to sexual and gender diversity among seniors, best practices for a more inclusive environment. Includes a testimonial from an LGBT senior.
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  • Aging Gayfully Training
    Tue., Sep. 07
    Workshop by videoconference
    Sep. 07, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Workshop by videoconference
    Training on issues related to sexual and gender diversity among seniors, best practices for a more inclusive environment. Includes a testimonial from an LGBT senior.
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Awareness material

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Charter of fair treatment

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The charter can be displayed in places where seniors meet. It signals your organization’s commitment to the eleven principles of fair treatment to foster a homophobia and transphobia-free environment. To join our list of signatories, your organization must first take the training, and then have the charter formally adopted by your Board of Directors. 

Charter of fair treatment

Why LGBT seniors?

While an estimated 10% of seniors are LGBT, they remain largely invisible, often for fear of disclosing their homosexuality or transidentity.  

Many have been forced into hiding during their lives to avoid prison, therapy, or rejection from their families, religious communities and society as a whole.  

Such rejection and prejudice has left its mark, and several studies confirm that LGBT seniors constitute a particularly vulnerable population. Though it might be less evident than in the past, the stigma and prejudice suffered by LGBT people persists today. For many, aging gives rise to the fear that they will be isolated in an unwelcoming environment, because they are perceived as being different. 
 

This is why Fondation Émergence has been committed for more than 10 years to making seniors' communities more inclusive. 

 

To ensure that our training course and tools stay relevant and accurate, we work in collaboration with LGBT seniors (the working group) and key stakeholders in senior services (the advisory committee).  

The Memory Thesis Project 

 

The Memory Thesis Project, which is part of the Aging Gayfully program, honours the contribution of activists who have fought to improve the situation for LGBTQ+ people in Quebec today.  

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