Meeting June 2018

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

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18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Will You Still Love Me, Will You Still Need Me ……

It is estimated that by year 2030 one of every five residents in the US will be over 65, and communities, companies, and individuals are adjusting to the significance of this demographic shift. This presentation will center around research conducted by SAGE USA and by AARP that demonstrates, when compared to a heterosexual cohort, LGBTQ seniors experience health disparities, are more likely to be isolated, often have more fragile support networks, and have higher levels of concerns related to our aging.

At the same time, many segments of the aging services community appear to be ill-prepared to deal with our specific concerns. That opens up opportunities for businesses and individuals who are sensitive to our interests and concerns. While this aging generation has redefined what it means to get older, it is important that we understand the range of services and care that abound as our life situations change.

Programs such as RBPN, SAGE, and other LGBTQ groups become an important part of our support system as well as some of the local aging services that demonstrate sensitivity to LGBTQ issues. This topic is important for people of all ages.


Joseph Wheeler

Joseph Wheeler has for almost 30 years been a successful consultant focusing on diversity and inclusion, leadership and communication skills, and strategic organizational development. In recent years, he has dedicated his work to understanding LGBTQ aging issues. In July 2017, he became the Coordinator of SAGE Raleigh, a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh for people 50+.

That organization maintains a robust schedule of activities and events, advocates for LGBTQ-sensitive aging services, and educates service providers about LGBTQ issues. While this presentation includes a fair amount of data, there will be ample time for questions and response.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

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