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Sunday, January 30, 2011

New York City Council hearing focuses on LGBT seniors

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, commissioner of NYC’s
Department for the Aging, testified before the NYC
Council’s Committee on Aging on Monday, Jan. 24.

On the coldest day in years, the New York City Council’s Committee on Aging held a hearing in lower Manhattan on how to ensure LGBT elders in the five boroughs receive culturally competent services and care.
“The unique needs of LGBT seniors are an emerging issue in aging services that deserve much greater focus and attention,”said Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, commissioner of the city’s Department for the Aging, in her remarks to the committee on Monday, Jan. 24. “As a city, we are taking steps to better understand the needs of this population and offer culturally sensitive services.”
Today’s frigid temperatures clearly demonstrate the need to ensure LGBT seniors receive competent and care. And Sandy Warshaw and other elders who live in the five boroughs deserve nothing less.


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