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Friday Wrap-Up, August 10, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

The Secretary opens this week’s Wrap-Up with discussion about grandparents coping with children affected by the opioid crisis … their grandchildren.

She and the Governor the governor met with “several area grandparents who have, quite unexpectedly and very unceremoniously, found themselves parenting for the second time around as a direct result of the opioid epidemic. An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania, and that number is increasing across the commonwealth due to the opioid crisis.”

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


“Gov. Wolf announces formation of LGBTQ commission” – Penn Live

lgbtq-affairs-commission“Gov. Tom Wolf created Governor Tom Wolf on Monday created the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. ‘Today’s announcement is timely and important, but also not the end of our efforts to create a Pennsylvania that espouses inclusion and diversity in all that we do,’ he said. ‘The efforts of the LGBTQ work group, established early in my administration, are recognized in many accomplishments that will continue and that group’s work will move forward as a function of this commission.'”(Provided)

by Paul Vigna

“‘The creation of the commission on LGBTQ Affairs is one step of many we have taken to ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,’ Wolf said in a press release. ‘It’s a step we took together with our stakeholder and advocacy groups and one that those involved asked for – a commission to help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts.’

“The 40-member commission, believed to be the only one in the country, will be led by executive director Todd Snovel. Most recently, Snovel was the Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College, where he led the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and initiated campus-wide efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

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Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging LGBTQ Aging Summit

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Register today for Pennsylvania’s inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit! The summit will be held on October 9-10 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Day One | Tuesday, Oct. 9                           Day Two | Wednesday, Oct. 10

Summit       3:00 PM – 5:15 PM                          Summit       8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Reception 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Registration Fee

Attending Both Days              $50

Attending Only Day 1             $20

Attending Only Day 2             $30

Scholarship opportunities are available to older adults who would like to attend but are unable to pay for the cost of registration.

Hotel Reservations

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Block Rate         $124 per night

Limited availability – offer expires Sept. 18

To learn more, register, or apply for a scholarship, visit

Pride Month

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Diversity is a force multiplier for our armed forces as well as for our nation.
Equality and inclusion are good for our national security. 

As a next-generation veterans empowerment organization, IAVA is proud of our long record of standing with our LGBT brothers and sisters in arms. For many years, our courageous LGBT members and allies have led the charge for equality within VA, the Department of Defense and beyond.

IAVA stepped forward to back repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to fight against DOMA, and to vigorously oppose the transgender ban in the military. We will always be proud of these moments in IAVA’s history when we stood, often alone, on the right side of history. When every other national veterans group was silent, IAVA was a lone voice of leadership, reason and courage.

And IAVA is continuing the fight to ensure LGBT service members veterans and families are treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to all members of the military.

Equality for all is an essential American value. And key to a stronger, modern military.

We’re proud to stand with you this #PrideMonth. And forever forward. 

LGBTQ Aging Summit announced for October 9 & 10 | SAVE THE DATE!

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Last Friday in the Department of Aging Friday Wrap-up, this was announced:

“The dates and location for Pennsylvania’s Inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit have been confirmed. The summit will be held on October 9-10, 2018 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Led by a dedicated LGBTQ Aging Planning Committee, the summit’s theme is: Connecting Communities & Inspiring Change. The committee aims to build off the success of the 2016 LGBT Elder Summit that was facilitated by the LGBT Elder Initiative.

“Our inaugural summit will further dialogue that needs to occur in communities throughout the commonwealth, encouraging all stakeholders to imagine what would be possible in a world where every health and human service provider is culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ seniors. The summit will also focus on diving deeper into the unique challenges and areas of concern that LGBTQ elders in Pennsylvania face as they age in place, including housing, caregiving, community engagement, healthcare, policy, and legislative issues. We are excited about the efforts underway that will ensure the summit includes informed speakers who will provide national, state, local, and consumer perspectives. Mark your calendars and join us for this important conversation that will promote a better understanding of the LGBTQ elder landscape in Pennsylvania.”