Empowerline Has Earned the SAGECare Credential

Empowerline of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the metro Atlanta region and part of Georgia’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) network, recently earned the SAGECare credential by completing requirements in cultural competency training to create a more positive environment for LGBTQ+ older adults. Cultural competency embodies the idea that LGBTQ+ older people are as deserving of compassionate eldercare as anyone else. The LGBTQ+ senior population—a large and growing one—has unique needs due to a lifetime of discrimination and harassment. LGBTQ+ elders should not be fearful when seeking health care or long-term care.

sagecare - 2023 Credentail - LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency TrainingSAGECare is a division of SAGE, the country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults. SAGECare provides LGBTQ+ competency training and consulting on LGBTQ+ aging issues to services providers.

Together Empowerline and SAGECare will continue our partnership to serve people with the best care possible and make each older person feels comfortable for who they are.

If you would like more information about SAGECare training, visit sageusa.care.

Don Terry

Since 2021, Don Terry is an aging and disability resource counselor with Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging. An advocate for seniors and adults living with disabilities over 25 years, Don holds a Master of Science degree focused in community counseling from the University of Dayton. Don is eager to expand equity and awareness to improve the lives of older LGBTQ+ Georgians. Don and his partner enjoy exploring the area’s food and culture scene while raising their beloved canine, Max.