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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