The Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC) was created “to promote business and economic opportunities for the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community; to be an advocate and resource for all member businesses that promote equality; and to promote tourism with a unified approach by working with appropriate and related organizations.” The GFLGLCC will hold its inaugural event, “Transition Solutions For LGBT Seniors” at the Pride Center at Equality Park on Thursday, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm. The Symposium is presented at no cost to the community and all community members are invited to attend.

According to Keith Blackburn, GFLGLCC Board President and CEO, issues of concern to LGBT Seniors “was an area which is often overlooked. If we are lucky, we will all grow old. Living comfortably for as long as possible is something we all want. In Transition we want to provide important information, which all us - seniors or not - will need at some point. We will focus on planning for the future and making sound decisions now.” There have already been a few conferences and symposia dealing with LGBT Seniors in South Florida, including the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Symposium on Aging and the White House LGBT Conference on Aging (also in Miami). However, according to Blackburn, “our event will focus on practical matters and planning issues. Although there is some overlap, we will not specifically be presenting medical or psychological-related topics.”

“Transition” will feature three expert speakers who will offer valuable information that will help the attendees plan a safe and secure future. In “Aging in Place: Adapting our space to meet our changing needs,” Wanda E. Gozdz, CAPS, eSMM, will discuss “the aspects of aging and how it impacts families psychologically, spiritually and physically.” Then in “Living Comfortably in Retirement: Financial Tools to Help You Age Gracefully,” Ryan Schultz, ChFEBC, MBA, “will cover investment strategies that will help you afford paying for care in your home, maintain your dignity as you age, and not outlast your savings.” Finally, in “Navigating the Maze: Estate and Long Term Care Planning Issues Unique to the LGBT Community,” Stephanie L. Schneider, Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, will discuss such topics as “Why plan for your future?,” “Creating a management plan for incapacity” and “Facilities visitation rights.” The three experts’ presentations will be followed by a period of questions and answers. There will also be coffee and pastries, provided by Starbucks.

According to Blackburn, “Transition is our inaugural event focusing on seniors. We are discussing several other focused symposia for the future. We always welcome input from the community when it comes to specific event topics.” For more information, e-mail with specific questions.