AgeOptions' Thrive with Pride program for LGBT+ older adults recently received a 2022 Aging Innovations Award, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members.
USAging is the national association representing and supporting the network of Area Agencies on Aging and advocating for the Title VI Native American Aging Programs. The 2022 USAging Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards program recognizes Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Programs that have developed and implemented cutting-edge concepts, innovative ideas and successful strategies to support older adults and their caregivers. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.
Thrive with Pride provides safe and affirming spaces and addresses social isolation for older adults, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. AgeOptions started the program in 2019 with funding from the Community Memorial Foundation.
Thrive with Pride by AgeOptions was among 13 local aging programs to receive Aging Innovation honors during USAging's 47th Annual Conference and Trade Show that took place July 10-13 in Austin, Texas.
The Oak Park-based AgeOptions and its network of community agencies are the principal source of information regarding older adult services in suburban Cook County.
For information about Thrive with Pride, go to www.thrivingwithpride.org/ .