News

Holyoke Council on Aging to Show “Gen Silent” Documentary at Holyoke Senior Center Text Size

On Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30pm, the Holyoke Council on Aging will be showing the documentary “Gen Silent” at the Holyoke Senior Center located at 291 Pine St. Admission is free.

This award – winning documentary shares the stories of six lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, exploring how they deal with—and often conceal—their sexual orientation, gender identity, spouses and friends in order to survive in the healthcare and long-term care systems. The film shows the wide range in quality of paid caregivers – from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT older adults feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT older adults face discrimination, neglect or abuse.

Screening will be followed by a community conversation about the documentary and the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults within our community. The discussion will be led by David P. Stevens, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and a member of the statewide LGBT Elder Commission.

This event was planned by the COA LGBT Older Adult Task Force whose members include Professor Elizabeth Mullin – Springfield College,  Paul Bebo – local real estate broker, Alicia Zoeller – Administrator, Office for Community Development, Shirley Morrison – former Board Chair, Holyoke COA, Rev. Roberta Morkin – United Congregational Church and Kathleen Bowler – COA Executive Director and supported by Mayor Alex B. Morse.

“This film viewing is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss important issues facing our LGBT seniors,” Mayor Morse said. “Bringing these issues to light is a step toward making our city a more just community for all of our residents.”

“The mission of the Council on Aging is to serve all older adults in Holyoke and screening this documentary is a reflection of our charge. The members of our task force are hopeful that the community conversation will lead to identifying specific programs supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults living in our community,” Kathleen Bowler said. 

For further information, contact Kathy Bowler, Executive Director – Holyoke Council on Aging at 322-5625.


Posted on October 22, 2014 by