Supporting Healthy Aging Among LGBTQIA+ Adults
Over the past decade, there has been increasing attention given to the health of the LGBTQIA+ population, as well as to strategies that support healthy aging among adults. However, the intersection of age and LGBTQIA+ identity is often overlooked. This session will focus on the unique needs among LGBTQIA+ older adults and present strategies that park and recreation professionals should consider when developing, implementing and evaluating programs to support healthy aging among their communities. To begin, this session will provide a description of the current landscape for health among LGBTQIA+ older adults by introducing key concepts and defining constructs unique to this population. Next, presenters will provide examples of strategies that have been successful in community-based settings to engage diverse populations and improve health outcomes. Finally, this session will offer park and recreation professionals tools and resources to enhance older adult programming.
- Articulate key constructs and concepts associated with health among LGBTQIA+ older adults.
- Describe characteristics of inclusive programming for older adults.
- Identify common barriers to engagement in park and recreation programs among LGBTQIA+ older adults.
Tiff Cunin (they/them)
Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team
National Recreation and Park Association
Tiff Cunin (they/them) joined the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in October 2020 as a Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team. Alongside their teammates, Tiff manages the healthy aging portfolio of work at NRPA. As a public health professional, they are passionate about innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to advancing population health. Tiff is committed to social justice and equitable health outcomes, and has dedicated their life to serving historically disenfranchised populations. Tiff is also a PhD student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS). Their research is focused on translating knowledge for the effective implementation of community-based public health programs that support healthy aging among transgender and gender non-binary older adults. Tiff is currently a member of a study team at GW SMHS where they are testing the effectiveness of an evidence-based program to support positive health outcomes and enhanced quality of life among caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Additionally, Tiff teaches in the Master of Public Health program at their alma mater, the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home where they live with their partner and 2 cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. Tiff also believes that life is far too short for formal headshots!
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