Baltimore health authorities are urging local gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against hepatitis A following reports of outbreaks of the disease among LGBT communities in other cities nationwide. A highly contagious disease, hep A causes a variety of symptoms which can last a few weeks in mild cases, to a few months in more severe cases. It can be prevented through a widely available vaccination. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton’s Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence, to provide some details on hep A and how to get vaccinated.
The LGBT Health Resource Center’s Best Tips of 2017
The past year has seen amazing growth at The LGBT Health Resource Center, as we’ve launched many new programs, new support groups, and new services to help members of our community live their happiest, healthiest lives. Before we move on to all the exciting things in store in 2018, we wanted to take a moment to recap some of our favorite tips we’ve provided here in OUTLoud over the last 12 months. From all of us at The LGBT Health Resource Center and Chase Brexton Health Care, best wishes for a happy, joyous, and healthy New Year!
Hepatitis C Poses Risk to LGBT Elders, But Treatment and Cure are Available
Millions of Americans are living with hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease that attacks the liver and if left untreated can cause severe health problems. But three in four people infected were born between 1945 and 1965, making LGBT elders particularly susceptible to the disease.
Depression, Loneliness During Winter Months Can Lead to Increased Risk of Suicide for LGBT Elders For many LGBT individuals, especially elders, the winter months can be a cold and lonely time. For some, feelings of sadness and depression can take a deep hold, and lead them to consider suicide. It’s important that those who may be experiencing isolation or depression, and the people close to them, understand the warning signs and risks of suicide during the winter months. Support and assistance is available to those who need it. Kate Bishop, education coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center, offers the […]
LGBT & 50-plus?
Tips for a Happy, Healthy, Stress-Less Holiday From dealing with their families or families of choice, to budgeting their time, energy and finances, the holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for LGBT elders.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Observances set for Nov. 20th Each year on November 20th, communities around the world pause for Transgender Day of Remembrance, an opportunity to honor and memorialize individuals who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.
Medicare & Beyond
Helping LGBT Elders Navigate Health Benefits • Workshop Nov. 9th Untangling the complex and sometimes intimidating world of health benefits can be difficult for many LGBT elders. What kind of coverage do you need for your lifestyle? What documents and paperwork will you need to show? Where should you even start? Fortunately, these questions and many more will be answered at an upcoming Lunch & Learn event hosted by The LGBT Health Resource Center and presented by Sara Abrams and Mike Willis of Chase Brexton Health Care’s Case Management department. The Lunch & Learn workshop will take place on Thursday, […]
How Mindfulness Can Improve LGBT Seniors’ Physical, Mental Well-Being
LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care Pausing to be in the moment through mindfulness meditation can have powerful effects on both an individual’s physical health and their mental well-being. LGBT elders will have the opportunity to learn about mindfulness at an upcoming Lunch & Learn event presented by Paul Lotz and Stephanie Saunders of Chase Brexton Health Care, on Thursday, September 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore).
Managing Meds Doesn’t Have to Be a Pill for Elders
Managing your prescriptions is a crucial but often overlooked part of living your healthiest life. Sometimes, there are obstacles simply in obtaining important medications, and individuals on multiple medications can struggle to track which medications are required at which times. Once a medication isn’t needed anymore, it’s not always easy to find out how to properly dispose of it.
Lunch & Learn: Money Management Tips for Elders
Elders in need of a financial makeover will find some change at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next “Lunch & Learn” workshop. Karen Sadler of PNC Bank will present money management strategies on Thursday, August 10th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Franklin McNeil, Jr., vice president and community consultant with PNC and a former Chase Brexton board member for a few financial tips.