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Forever Young and Out

HESHIE ZINMAN HEAD SHOT 7 2014By Heshie Zinman

First published in the LBT Elder Initiative’s monthly column, “Gettin’ On,” in Philadelphia Gay News
September 18, 2014

What age do you think? Are you 60, but think 30? Or are you 60 and think 90? Age is, after all, part mindset and you have control over what age you think. You can, in fact, choose to be forever young.

Bob Dylan’s 1974 release, “Forever Young,” provides some insight into how to find this particular fountain of youth. Dylan sings:

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young

People have been searching for the fountain of youth for a long time. Many seek the fountain in a doctor’s office where you can get all sorts of injections and implants. But all of that will eventually fade. A longer lasting and less expensive fountain of youth is already inside your head and heart.

Some describe people who exhibit the characteristics and traits that Dylan sings about as “authentic” or “real.” Whatever you call it, it means being open and self-accepting. It means standing up for yourself, your rights and your community. Staying forever young also requires a path that leads to living the best life you can live, no matter what your chronological age. It also means being out and open about your sexual orientation and gender identity, something that requires courage and truth and authenticity.


Best of Aged to Perfection: Dr. Michele Angello Joins the Podcast

angellocompositeJPGWelcome to the Aged to Perfection archive! I’ll continue to do new shows, but we have a treasure trove of great interviews in the vault that deserve to be heard again (and again). Here’s one with Dr. Michele Angello, whose book on raising and supporting trans youth is a must-read. – Mark McNease/Editor

Listen in as co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose  we welcome Dr. Michele Angello to this week’s podcast. We’ll be devoting the entire show to a conversation with Dr. Angello, whose new book ‘On the Couch with Dr. Angello: Raising & Supporting Transgender Youth‘ is out now. You can also read a text interview we did with her HERE which was linked to from the HuffPost Gay Voices page. This excellent book takes us through the complex issues faced by transgender youth and their families as they navigate the maze of coming out as transgender.

Michele Angello, Ph.D. works with gender-variant youth and adults. She offers individual, group and family therapy, as well as corporate education and training on a variety of issues of sexuality and has presented internationally on her work with trans-youth and working with children of transitioning parents. She facilitates several monthly support groups for transgender adults, youth and parents. Dr. Angello is often called on to speak as an expert on transgender issues to universities, corporations and the media. She has appeared on Larry King Live, the Tyra Banks Show, and various documentaries on transgender issues. She also developed the first graduate course in the U.S. that focused on clinical issues in transgender communities.

Events: MCC New York Launches Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (Sept. 26, NYC)

MCC Flyer
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Place: MCC New York
446 West 36th Street, NYC

Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY) is launching its Asylum Seeker Assistance Program with the mission of helping LGBTQI asylum seekers from Jamaica, Russia, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Tickets are $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Program. You can purchase tickets HERE. You can also get more information by calling (212) 629-7440 or email welcomingteam @ mccny.org.

Read All About It: A News Sampler from Around the Web

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A Gay Jewish Zionist American Doctor in Gaza and What He Saw
Daily Beast
Op-ed: The Long, Powerful History Between Labor and LGBTActivists
Activists urge renewed women’s rights focus as UN meets in New York
The Guardian
On/Off Switch for Aging Cells Discovered
Fars News Agency
Beyond the Condom: A Combo Approach to Sexual Health
Call to offer boys the HPV vaccine
BBC News
Gay parenting: How to talk to young children about adoption
Gay Star News
Quick Hints for Improving Men’s Health
Imperial Valley News

Medicare Open Enrollment Coming Soon: October 15


From Medicare.gov

Important Medicare dates

September & October—Review & compare

Review: Your plan may change. Review any notices from your plan
about changes for next year.
Compare: Starting in October, use Medicare’s tools to find a plan that
meets your needs.

October 15—Open Enrollment begins

This is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can
make changes to their health and prescription drug plans for the
next year.

Decide: October 15 is the first day you can change your Medicare
coverage for next year.

December 7—Open Enrollment ends

In most cases, December 7 is the last day you can change your Medicare
coverage for next year. The plan has to get your enrollment request
(application) by December 7.

Read more at Medicare.gov

FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims

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From Health Day:

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focusing on the “Low T” fad, questioning whether the boom in testosterone replacement therapy is helping or harming the health of aging American males.

At a joint meeting scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, two key FDA committees will discuss whether doctors are prescribing testosterone therapy for too many men, and if misuse of the male hormone increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

The Baby Boom generation has turned to testosterone replacement therapy in response to the sagging muscles, lower energy levels and sexual problems that can accompany natural aging, the FDA noted in a review provided to committee members in advance of the meeting.
“There’s a large group of men out there who are getting older, and they are looking for ways to evade the consequences of aging,” said Dr. Bradley Anawalt, an endocrinologist from the University of Washington in Seattle.

However, the FDA review pointed out there’s no clear scientific evidence showing testosterone replacement can reverse some of the effects of aging. Yet the “Low T” craze has been aided by consumer advertising for remedies that promise renewed vitality and strength for aging men, the report said. It also noted that there’s growing evidence many men who are receiving testosterone replacement therapy do not need it.

Continue at Health Day

Aged to Perfection Podcast with Guest Dave Hughes of RetireFabulously.com

Join me as I have a conversation with Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of RetireFabulously.com  Dave’s columns from his site have been appearing here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with … retiring fabulously! Today I talk to Dave about planning for retirement, the things we need to consider, and re-envisioning retirement as renaissance.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18)


From The AIDS Institute:

The AIDS Institute invites you to join us for the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), observed on September 18, 2014.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. In addition, there is an increased need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS.

The campaign targets:

- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis,
- Increasing the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the baby boomer population, and
- The increasing number of grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parent(s) to HIV/AIDS.

In an effort to continually expand awareness about HIV/AIDS among the aging population, organizations and community members are invited to develop, implement and participate in awareness activities and events on or around September 18th.