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Advocating for the LGBT Aging Community

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Produced on August 15, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Elder Public Interest

Course Description

LGBT older adults are facing unique challenges aging in the community. This program, presented by attorney Deirdre Lok from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, and Tom Weber of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), will address cultural competency through the use of a case study to illustrate the insidious nature of elder abuse and the specific concerns that arise in a community that has had to deal with historic repression and trauma. Identification of the types of elder abuse will be discussed, as well as the interviewing and screening techniques attorneys can employ to help address victims and family members. Guardianships and the specific way in which these proceedings can be utilized for the LGBT community will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the effects of elder abuse in the LGBT aging community
  2. Develop best practices for interviewing and screening LGBT older adults and identifying elder abuse
  3. Discuss guardianship proceedings and how they can be used to help LGBT older adults

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Deirdre Lok

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq. is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She manages the operations of the shelter, including providing legal services to victims in Supreme Court, Housing Court and Family Court. An Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Lok directs the law school’s HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic. She is a frequent speaker on the issue of elder abuse and the law, and has guest lectured at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Cardozo Law School, Touro Law, Hofstra Law School and CUNY Law School and has provided training to attorney’s through the New York State’s Judicial Institute, the Queens Bar Association, the Bronx Bar Association, and is a faculty member of Lawline. Ms. Lok is appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, is chair of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer’s Division, Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, and served as Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the New York State Committee on Elder Justice. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, she was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii and an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she focused on domestic violence cases. She is the recipient of the New York Law Journal 2017 General Counsel Impact Award.

Tom Weber

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Tom has worked at SAGE for over 13 years. In his role as Director of Care Management Services, Tom oversees and is the administrator for SAGE’s social services, case management, caregiving, friendly visiting, HIV and veterans programs. He also currently represents SAGE in the NYS LGBT Health & Human Services Network and the HIV & Older Adults Coalition of NYS. He has presented on SAGE programs and an array of LGBT aging issues at a variety of organizations, conferences and workshops through the years, including the American Society on Aging.

In his previous role at SAGE as Director of Community Services, Tom oversaw the launch of The SAGE Center, the nation’s first full-time, municipally funded senior center for LGBT older adults. Tom also oversaw SAGE’s programs in the LGBT Center, Harlem, and its volunteer and outreach programs, as well as coordinating SAGE’s NYC Gay Pride efforts.

Tom has spent more than 28 years working in LGBT human services. Prior to coming to SAGE, Tom worked for almost 15 years at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). In his last role there, he was Director of the Buddy Program, one of the agency’s signature programs, pairing volunteers with home-bound people living with AIDS for companionship and emotional support. While at GMHC, Tom managed and coordinated volunteers, facilitated groups and trainings, and performed client intakes.



Excellent, excellent presentation. Ms Deidre Lok was most competent, very knowledgeable but at the same very compassionate. A very good lawyer but at the same time an activist with her advocacy for the LGBT Elderly

Tracie K.

This was a really interesting seminar. Huge thank you to the presenters

Lauren K.

Really wonderful presentation. Important message for all of us. Thanks

Brian P.

This was an excellent presentation!

Jeffrey H.

Outstanding presenters!. Both knowledgeable and passionate in their field. Well Done.

Terrel T.

Thank you

Kathy B.

I've been representing this community for 3540 years...and have never seen a program on elder abuse. Thank you. VERY useful.

Bill G.

This is one of the better courses I have encountered so far.

Kristen A.

Thank you!

Elisa A.

I found this course to be extremely informative and interesting

Debra B.

I did not know the vulnerabilities the LGBT community can go through at the end of their life. Very sad but informative; something I will take with me and pass on to my own son. Thank you.

Lorien Elizabeth S.

I thought this was an excellent program, wonderful presenters and great information presented in a thoughtful and educational manner.

Benjamin H.


Wendy W.

Important topic, very good presentation.

Sarah D.

I learned a lot more about my community. The seniors are not always the most visible.

Jerri C.

Excellent course.

Barry W.

Very interesting.

Susan P.

Great program!

Shannon D.

Wonderful program, David was a good example to illustrate a lot of the issues.

Joy A.

Great course

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