News release from SAGE, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders:
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) announced this week that Miami resident Jerry Chasen has joined its Board of Directors. SAGE is the country’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Chasen, a fixture in the Miami-Dade County philanthropic community, is the third Board member in SAGE’s history from outside of New York City, signaling SAGE’s evolving national presence as a leader in the LGBT and aging fields.“I am so pleased to welcome Jerry to SAGE’s Board of Directors,” said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. “There is a large, and growing, population of LGBT older people in the South Florida area whose needs are unique to their location. As a longtime Miami resident dedicated to improving his community, Jerry brings extensive experience and fresh insights to SAGE’s work to improve the lives of LGBT older people across the country.”“Boomers will remake the whole notion of ‘senior years,’ and SAGE will make sure that includes viable and non-discriminatory opportunities for LGBT older people,” said Chasen. “I’m turning 60 this year, and want to be sure that my community and I are well cared for, now and in the future, and that’s what SAGE is about.”SAGE has long maintained a presence in the South Florida area. Local services and supports for LGBT older adults are provided by SAGE South Florida, a member of SAGE’s national network of affiliates and a vital part of the region’s LGBT elder community since 1994. Chasen’s appointment to the Board also comes right before SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams presents at the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s “Symposium on Aging,” on Saturday, September 24 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. In his session, “SAGE and LGBT Aging: An Overview of the Key Issues and Opportunities Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults,” Adams will discuss the aging of the “Baby Boomer “generation, the dramatic increase of LGBT older adults in the country, and barriers to successful aging for LGBT elders. He will also give an overview ofSAGE’s work around the country on behalf of LGBT older people through innovative programs and services, training and technical assistance, and advocacy.About Jerry ChasenJerry Chasen, SAGE Board Member. After a successful career as an estate planning attorney, Chasen became the Vice President of the Alliance for Global Good, a nonprofit organization formed to address issues of global health, education, environment, poverty and world relations through a model designed to maximize philanthropic efficiency and effectiveness. Through his law firm, Chasen & Associates, P.A., Chasen created The Advisors Project, an ongoing educational program designed to encourage and support various professional advisors in creating client relationships that are both satisfying and productive for philanthropy. Chasen was a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Law School Graduate Programs in both Tax and Estate Planning, from which he also received an LL.M. degree in Estate Planning. His J.D. degree with honors was granted by New York University School of Law in 1976, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Past President of the Miami-Dade County Planned Giving Council and longtime member of the Council’s Board of Directors, Chasen served as a member of the national Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. He is on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies, the United Way of Miami-Dade County, and the Miami Foundation, and is also chair of the Miami Foundation’s LGBT Community Projects Fund Committee.Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues. In 2005, SAGE became the first official LGBT delegate at the White House Conference on Aging. In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation's only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.