LGBTQ+ 55+ Community News

Generation Plus, a program of Blue Ridge Pride, believes in sharing information with our regional community. Below are some updates on topics that affect our LGBTQ+ 55+ population.

Livable Appalachia Summit: Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas. Thursday, August 4, 2:00-3:30, Register here: Many 50+ adults struggle to access the affordable, quality health coverage and care they need. AARP and community collaborators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee invite you to join us for an informational and networking opportunity to explore the unique challenges and opportunities of access to health care in the South Central Appalachian Region. This event will be moderated by Rose Hoban and will include community leaders involved in alternative approaches and governmental support for access to healthcare.

SAVE THE DATE! Hearing Loss and Accessibility Expo September 1, in Hendersonville. There will be presentations on resources the state provides as well as a hearing dog demonstration. This Expo will allow people with hearing loss as well as professionals and caretakers more information on how to cope with communication difficulties in various settings. Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has several programs for hard of hearing population- Equipment Distribution Services and Hearing Aid Services at no cost for those that qualify. We will host several booths for people to learn more about these programs. Accommodations will be available (CART- Computer Assisted Real Time for captions; Interpreters, Assistive Listening Devices). Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Kim Calabretta, More info and to RSVP:

The 8th Annual Aging in Place: It’s in your Future National Conference will take place on Thursday, September 15, from 9:00am to 2:30pm at Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock. No registration required. There is no charge to attend. Event agenda: 2022AgingInPlaceConferenceFlyer_Legal.pdf (


The Asheville VA Caregiver Support Program invites you to save-the-date for the VA Virtual Caregiver Summit: “Suicide Prevention: Care for Caregivers and Veterans” on Wednesday, August 31, 9am-12 noon. Local agencies and stakeholders with an interest in caregivers and caregiver support are welcomed to attend. Event will be virtual via Zoom. Contact Emily Pitts for more information: 828-575-7068, CEUs pending.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | or For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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