We provide care for every stage of your life.
Howard Brown Health is committed to helping LGBTQ seniors care for their mind, body and soul. Our board certified staff specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults. We also offer educational programs that strengthen social ties and cultural competency training for nurses and healthcare professionals who serve older LGBTQ adults. We are accepting new patients at all of our clinic locations or visit our Walk-In Clinic, no appointment needed.
Our services include:
- Chronic disease management, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart conditions, arthritis, and diabetes
- Care consultations
- Memory evaluation and care
- Bone care and osteoporosis evaluation
- HIV/STI testing and treatment
- Infectious disease care, including HIV and hepatitis
The Journey Continues
Saturdays For LGBTQ Elders
The Journey Continues is a gender inclusive and affirming 16-week group process for LGBTQ adults age 50 and beyond. The purpose of the group is to explore the aging process specific to LGBTQ individuals, to build community in a safe environment and to support resilience and quality of life throughout the lifespan.
For more information, contact Hugh Cole at 773.572.8364 or via email at HughC@howardbrown.org.
Nurse’s Health Education about LGBT Elders (HEALE)
Aging LGBTQ adults experience compounded disparities and multiple barriers to high quality health care. As a result, nurses and providers who provide direct care require additional expertise to meet their needs. In response, Howard Brown Health experts developed the Nurses’ HEALE series, a 6-hour cultural competency curriculum consisting of the following main topics:
- An Introduction to LGBTQ Elders
- Health Disparities and Barriers to Care
- Sex and Sexuality in for LGBTQ Older Adults
- Legal and Financial Barriers to Care
- Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Elders
- HIV and Aging
The HEALE curriculum was made possible through a collaborative partnership with Rush University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program of Illinois (GWEP-I), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Aging Well Newsletter
To stay up to date with all of the Howard Brown Health Aging Services programs and services, sign up to receive the monthly Aging Well newsletter. The newsletter provides timely information about local topics important to older adults and shares our calendar of events for the month. To sign up for the electronic newsletter, please email email@example.com or call 773-388-8894. If you prefer a prefer a paper copy of the newsletter, please include your mailing address in the email or voicemail.
Aging Services Case Management
The Aging Services Case Management program provides short-term medically focused case management services for patients who are over the age of 60 living with chronic health conditions and are in need of assistance managing health conditions or using health and insurance systems. The case management program includes a minimum of monthly phone check-ins, face-to-face contact every three months, and optional home visits. We are able to help patients navigate public benefits (SNAP, LIHEAP, Medicaid, and Medicare), obtain durable medical equipment and medication, and access services including food, transportation, emergency financial assistance, and referrals to vision and dental care.
Benefits Enrollment Center Service Program
The Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) service program provides education and benefits screening and application support to adults that are Medicare eligible and are living on fixed incomes. Individual services include completing a Benefits CheckUp screening which identifies local, state, and federal public benefit programs for which an individual may be eligible. Staff are then able to assist in applying for benefit programs. We provide support through the entire application and enrollment process to ensure participants are able to receive the benefits for which they are eligible.
In addition to individual case management and BEC services, the Aging Services Case Management team also offers several group and community programs and services, including support groups and workshops to educate and empower those who may be struggling to manage their chronic conditions or seeking out additional support networks.
Support Groups and Workshops
- LGBTQ+ Dementia Partners Community Group: a monthly group for people with dementia and their caregivers. Eligibility is not limited to those that identify as LGBTQ+, but the space will center these communities. The group for individuals with dementia includes life enriching activities that incorporate art and music therapy, as well as, additional sensory activities. The group for caregivers includes information on training to help increase coping skills and reduce care burden. Each session will also provide time for general discussion and peer support.
- Take Charge of Your Health: an evidence-based chronic disease self-management program. The program lasts six weeks and are 2.5 hours per session. Facilitators of the workshops have personal and professional experience with chronic health conditions. Some of the topics included in the session include:
- Healthy eating
- Physical Activity
- Stress Management
- Action Planning
- And Many More!
- Matter of Balance: an evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program lasts four weeks with two hour sessions twice per week. You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance
For more information about any of the programs and services offered by Howard Brown Health Aging Services, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice mail at 773-388-8894.