Elder Services Honored With National Award for Senior LGBT Efforts

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The Merrimack Valley’s Elder Services program was recognized for their efforts on behalf area LGBT seniors. (File photograph)

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley received national recognition this month by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for their work to support area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors across the region.

Lauded for their efforts to support older adults through monthly social activities and group discussions, the agency received an Innovation Award at the Association’s annual conference earlier this month in Chicago.

“We seek to reduce anxiety and isolation and offer assistance, education and resources to LGBT older adults by supporting the unique needs and experiences of the LGBT senior community in a positive and safe setting,” LGBT Senior Social Connection Program Coordinator Ron Bourque said in a statement.

Elder Services CEO Joan Hatem-Roy applauded Bourque and his team’s efforts in the community. “This collaborative effort creates a safe environment for LGBT seniors to allow them to express who they are. We are honored to receive the recognition for this effort,” she said.