August 2015

posted 08.07.2015
The 6th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality is holding its first meeting in the United States, October 4-7, in Los Angeles. Originally begun in Australia, this conference brings together participants from many disciplines, including theologians and faith community representatives,…
posted 08.06.2015
By Helen B. McNeal As a Baby Boomer, I am always dismayed when my fellow Boomers—who are all familiar with the purpose of Viagra, Pradaxa, OxyContin, Metamucil and Tamoxifen—don’t know what palliative care is. I shouldn’t be surprised since the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for…
posted 08.04.2015
By Tim R. Johnston Imagine you recently lost your spouse of many years. You’ve mourned her or his passing, and after careful consideration, you have decided that it’s time to sell the house and move into an assisted living facility. You meet with the facility director and she gives you advice on…
posted 08.04.2015
By Nadia Underhill In 2007, Heartland Alliance, the Midwest’s leading anti-poverty organization, identified the lack of affordable housing as a critical issue for low-income LGBT older adults in Chicago. In 2011, Heartland Housing (the Alliance’s affordable housing development arm) partnered with…
posted 08.04.2015
By Michael Adams One piece of big news out of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) was the announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) that it is taking strong steps to eradicate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…
posted 08.04.2015
By Bill Skalitzky The email from my client caught my attention. It came more than a year after we had closed financing for the “LGBT-Friendly” Town Hall Apartments in Chicago. Town Hall Apartments provides housing for low-income older adults (ages 55 and older) a few blocks from the ivy-covered…
posted 08.04.2015
By Marti Smith Born and raised on an Illinois dairy and grain farm, I moved to Chicago in the 1970s in search of a more gay friendly place to live. My first apartment in Chicago was in the Lakeview neighborhood in an area known as “Boystown,” just blocks from Wrigley Field. Several years later, I…