Atlanta Regional Commission Strengthens Commitment to LGBTQ+ Older Adults


Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Aging & Independence Services Department, the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Strengthens Commitment to LGBTQ+ Older Adults through Continued Partnership with SAGECare

Atlanta, May 6, 2024 – The Atlanta Area Agency on Aging proudly announces its achievement of receiving a SAGECare Credential. This prestigious credential is a testament to the Atlanta AAA’s unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ older adults.

SAGECare awarded ARC’s Aging & Independence Services Department with its SAGECare Credential after a rigorous assessment of policies, practices, and staff training to create an inclusive and welcoming space for all residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Thanks to SAGECare for providing impactful education and consultation, enabling ARC to better serve our region’s diverse older populations,” said Becky Kurtz, Managing Director, “Our SAGECare Credential affirms our commitment to serve LGBTQ+ elders in metro Atlanta with sensitivity and respect.”

Don Terry, Client Services Liaison added, “To help those we serve with purpose is to better understand the very people we assist.  Obtaining SAGECare credential is our commitment to ensure we’re being intentional in bringing qualities of understanding and inclusivity to everyone.”

The SAGECare credential process evaluates aging services organizations based on various criteria, including non-discrimination policies, staff training on LGBTQ+ cultural competency, community engagement, and resident support services. By meeting and exceeding these standards, the Atlanta AA has demonstrated its commitment to promoting a diverse and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ seniors.

For more information about SAGECare Training, visit here.

About SAGECare: SAGECare is a fee-for-service training and consulting division of SAGE (1978), the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit that advocates and provides services for LGBTQ+ senior adults. SAGECare provides LGBTQ+ competency training and consulting to service providers, fostering a more inclusive and understanding approach to aging issues within the LGBTQ+ community.

Arin Yost

Arin is a Program Analyst at the Atlanta Regional Commission, where his work focuses on health disparities and equity across the Atlanta region.