About the 60+ Senior’s Program
The 60+ Senior Program began as an answer to a community survey conducted in 2003. Our choice of mission was crafted from the community responses to this survey. Due to resources our operational mission is limited to the Senior Luncheon and the socializing opportunities it affords, as well as the casual Senior Women’s Social and the Senior Men’s social. For more information contact us at 425-5422 Ext. 108 or e-mail.
To develop opportunities for social and recreational activities for LGBTIQ seniors to enhance their quality of life; to challenge community senior service providers and policy makers to fully integrate the needs of LGBTIQ seniors in their policies, programs, and advocacy; to collect information on the unique needs of LGBTIQ seniors in our county; and to put in place processes and persons to help meet the most urgent needs.
60+ Luncheon Socials
The 60+ Luncheon Social is held every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November). For Location, Topic and Sponsor information click here next luncheon This is a very informal yet paced time when tables are set up, chairs put out, food gets delivered, the kitchen gets geared up, and guests start arriving.
To help everyone feels at ease, each person is given a blank name tag to which they affix their name. We don’t have to encourage friends to greet friends and engage with each other. We do encourage that regulars be aware of new guests, that they greet and include them. Members of the 60+ committee often are involved in readying the meal, but we do circulate. This is a chance for us to meet you, and you to meet friends and new friends. Lunch and entertainment or an informative presentation follow at 1:00 PM. For more details about when, where and how to get on our mailing list, see the 60+ Luncheon Socials page. For an upcoming luncheon see the Next Luncheon page.
The cost is kept low by requesting but never requiring a small donation of $5. To help keep costs down, we ask for sponsors from friends and businesses in the community. In exchange, businesses have an opportunity to publicize their community spirit, and effectively place their names and business before the Santa Cruz County LGBT community. Particulars about becoming a sponsor begin on this page.
Senior Women's SocialThese socials are designed to give more informal opportunities for monthly socializing and facilitated peer support to our members. We meet on the third Sunday of every month. This group now meets at a private residence. Please call the senior voicemail line, leave your name, number, and interest in attending and someone will call you back with the exact time & location address. For more information, see Next Women’s Social.
Senior Men's Social
60 Plus Senior Men's Social, gathers in private home every other month, for comraderie and friendship. We meet on a Saturday afternoon from 2-4:30, and light refreshments are served. The gatherings are held in February, April, June, August, October and December, usually mid month. We ask a $5 donation at the door, to help cover the costs of refreshments, with all additional monies going to help support the Diversity Center Senior's Program.
For more information. see Senior Men's Social
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The guide-called "Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California", is designed as a resource to empower and help protect California's LGBT elders who often are targets of discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-page guide . . . offers a wide range of resources for the state's LGBT elders and equips them with the tools they need to:
- Know California's anti-discrimination laws
- Find LGBT-friendly housing and service providers
- Effectively address discrimination or mistreatment
- Understand how relationship recognition laws affect benefits
- Navigate the unique challenges that confront transgender elders
- Understand how to protect their families and choices with life-planning documents
- Identify available benefits, particularly for people with disabilities