WA Cares hosts webinar on Caregiving and the LGBTQ+ Community

Release Date: 
Jun 27 2022
DSHS Office of Communications
Chris Wright

OLYMPIA — Did you know LGBTQ+ older adults make up 2.7 million of our country’s aging population, a number that’s expected to double by 2030? Older LGBTQ+ people are less likely than their non-LGBTQ+ peers to have children and more likely to take on informal, unpaid caregiving roles. Unpaid caregiving accounts for 85% of all elder care in the United States, and the LGBTQ+ community faces unique impacts that are critical to address.

From 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. on June 28 via Zoom, WA Cares will host a panel discussion with experts working to support LGBTQ+ older adults to discuss the challenges faced by this population, efforts to address those challenges and how WA Cares will help support LGBTQ+ older adults and caregivers.

WA Cares staff will be joined by:

· Hannah Dahlke, Member, LGBTQ+ Seniors of the Inland NW

· Ruben Rivera-Jackman, Trainer, National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging

· Steven Knipp, Executive Director, GenPride

· Tiffany Kopec, Founding Board Member, Northwest LGBTQ+ Senior Care Providers Network

Panelists will each provide an overview of their work in this area, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A. A brief summary of WA Cares will also be provided. We encourage all to come with their questions ready!

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Webinar ID: 885 3166 073
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About WA Cares

WA Cares Fund is a first-in-the-nation universal long-term care insurance program that provides working Washingtonians with access to affordable long-term care. By paying a small premium while working (just 0.58% of wages, or $0.58 per $100 earned), Washington’s workers will earn a $36,500 benefit that can be used for a variety of long-term care services, including paid caregiving from a professional or loved one, home modifications, meal delivery and more.

To learn more about WA Cares, call 844-CARE4WA, email staff via the contact form or visit www.wacaresfund.wa.gov.

WA Cares: Let’s be the state where we all age with grace.