The LGBTQ+ Aging & Abilities Support Network (LAASN) was created in 2016 to respond to the growing population of LGBTQ+ older adults and a greater demand for support services.
Social isolation affects many LGBTQ+ older adults and adults with disabilities as they deal with stigma, discrimination, and lack of community in their daily lives and as a result, they are at risk of falling deeper into depression and further into isolation. These conditions are amplified among LGBTQ+ older adults and adults with disabilities who have low-income, are physically frail, and are among people of color and transgender individuals.
LAASN provides compassionate supportive services that address social isolation as well as emotional, behavioral, and health challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer older adults and adults with disabilities.
Specifically, our services are designed to provide:
- Emotional and practical support through care navigation, peer support groups, and Shanti Peer Support Volunteers.
- Client advocacy to assist with navigation through the social service system.
- Social programming that offers connective programs that support and enhance the emotional and behavioral well-being of clients.
For more information, please contact Joanne B. Kipnis, MSW, LAASN Director by email.
The LGBTQ+ Aging & Abilities Support Network is made possible by funding from the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) and the Metta Fund.