Older People

We’re here to offer support, companionship and advice for older members of the LGBTI community (50+).

Community Visitor Scheme

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While loneliness and isolation can affect anyone’s mental health, the impact can be more severe for older people.

Our Community Visitor Scheme is all about reducing social isolation of older LGBTI people by providing company and friendship of Volunteer Visitors.

Our trained volunteers make regular one on one home visits where they chat over a cuppa, listen to music, watch a movie or participate in a hobby, game or other activity.

The service operates in Sydney as well as the Hunter, Nepean, Illawarra and Central Coast regions.

The service is available to recipients of Australian Government subsidised Home Care Packages who have been identified by their aged care provider as experiencing or at risk of experiencing social isolation, whether for social or cultural reasons or because of disability.

To get involved as a client, volunteer or service provider please contact us: (02) 9206 2028 or email:communityvisitor@acon.org.au

The LOVE Project

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The LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly & Engaged) is an ACON initiative that’s all about creating better conversations and improved social engagement with our older LGBTI community members.

By understanding people’s preferences we can facilitate greater social connectivity, improve social inclusion and evolve services to meet the needs of our LGBTI elders.

The friendly health promotion team of the LOVE Project welcomes you to get on board to share experiences, interact with other members of the LGBTI community and create a healthier, active and social lifestyle for yourselves and those around you.

Check out the LOVE website

For more information, contact: Russ Gluyas   |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

 

Fact Sheets

Wellness Weekends

ACON’s LOVE Project is delivering Wellness Weekends for People 50+ living with HIV.

Keeping fit and active, building emotional strength, eating well, future planning, improving our social connections and strengthening the support networks we share are just some of the topics we will explore.

We invite all older people living with HIV, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or identity to join us for this weekend. You will focus on improving how to self-manage healthy ageing and sharing your experience of living longer with HIV..

Share what works for you, explore personal strengths, get fitness ideas while enjoying some gentle breathing & stretching, make new friends and eat fabulous food!

NEWCASTLE
When: Saturday 9 September, 9.30am – 4pm & Sunday 10 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Joy Cummings Centre, 61-63 Scott St, Newcastle

 

To register or for more information please contact:

Russ Gluyas   |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au
Lionel Rabie  |   02 9206 2086  |  lrabie@acon.org.au

 

TAKE THE SURVEY

We would greatly appreciate you completing a short survey (as fully and honestly as possible). It asks a few basic questions about you and about your interest in, and availability to attend a weekend. It asks you to nominate topics which you’d like to know more about and give additional feedback on the design of the weekend.

Your feedback will also help us to further develop programs for older people living with HIV.

For more information please contact:  Russ Gluyas (LOVE Project)  |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

Visit: www.loveproject.org.au

Supported by ViiV Healthcare.

Health Care & Aged Care Facilities

We provide a range of training courses to help health care and aged care service providers make their services more responsive to the needs of LGBTI clients.

LGBTI Aged Care Training

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This is a funded program of one day workshops on LGBTI inclusive service delivery in the workplace for aged care sector workers and organisations providing aged care services.

This program is delivered nationally through a variety of organisations across the country at no cost from February 2014 to April 2016 inclusive. To register click here

We also offer tailored training solutions, for more information please email: training@acon.org.au

HIV & Ageing

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People with HIV who commence treatment early and who maintain effective control of their HIV viral load have a life expectancy no different from the general population. This has been clearly demonstrated in large studies of people in high income countries with access to best practice HIV clinical care.

However, HIV infection could still damage the immune system. HIV potentially causes premature ageing of the immune system, which means there may be at risk of disease at an earlier age or at slightly increased rates compared to the general population.

Potential health issues may include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, frailty, and neurocognitive deficits.

Find out more about HIV and ageing

 

General Support & Services

HIV Prevention

We’re here to help end HIV transmission among older men who are gay or same sex attracted. To find out more please visit our HIV Prevention section.

HIV Support

We’re here to help older LGBTI people with HIV take control of their health by providing up-to-date information as well as a range of programs and services. To find out more please visit our HIV Support section.

Sexual Health

Our sexual health programs for gay and bisexual men are inclusive of older men who have sex with men.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Our sexual health programs for lesbian, bisexual and queer women are inclusive of older women who have sex with women.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Mental Health

We provide a range of counselling  and community care services for older LGBTI people, including those with HIV or who use drugs. To find out more please visit our Mental Health section.

Alcohol & Drugs

We provide a range of resources and support services to help older LGBTI people who use alcohol and other drugs. To find out more please visit our Alcohol & Drugs section.

Safety & Inclusion

We provide a range of resources and support services to help older LGBTI people who are experiencing homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. To find out more please visit our Safety & Inclusion section.

Domestic & Family Violence

We provide a range of resources and support services to help older LGBTI people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. To find out more please visit our Domestic & Family Violence section.