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

Follow the LOVE Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fact Sheets

HIV & Ageing Survey – Navigating the Aged Care System

ACON’s LOVE (Living Older Visibly Engaged) Project wants to hear from people who are aged 55 or over, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, live in New South Wales and are living with HIV.

We invite you to complete a short survey as fully and accurately as possible. It asks a few basic questions about you, living with HIV and your thoughts on planning for your aged care and navigating the aged care system.

The information you provide will assist ACON in developing a community resource for older people living with HIV. The information you provide will not be identified and will be kept private and confidential.

You can access the survey here.

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

LGBTI Counselling

Counselling

We provide confidential fee-based short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people seeking support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. Volunteer counsellors use a solutions focussed model and a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.

Fees for this service are negotiated according to individual circumstances, and priority is given to people on low incomes or with limited options.

Appointments are available between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Unfortunately this service is not suitable for:

  • People assessed to have recent or current risk of suicide
  • People who use violence
  • People with unmanaged or unsupported mental illness or substance use

To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.

For more information or to undertake a brief assessment please contact your nearest ACON office or submit an enquiry.

Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training

The Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training program is an essential and relevant one-day training for all workers in the aged care sector. Training helps promote a better understanding of the needs of the LGBTI people and provide staff with more confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

Find out more about our Pride Training packages and dates here.

 

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 and Cervical Screening

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.

We offer cervical screening programs for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. 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.