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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, September 18, 2013

6th Annual HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 18th, 2013


I want to start with a blog within a blog, as only yesterday at age 54, 55 in February dually diagnosed both HIV+ and with bipolar disorder, for me over all wellness is crucial.  But depression is only one of the many health concerns, others are dementia, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and triglycerides, infections,, medication interactions to name a few. 

There's so much that can be said, I was reading all afternoon and I ended up on www.sageusa.org  (Services & Advocacy For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) Founded in New York City in 1978, please visit the SAGE website and make a donation.  SAGE serves the entire aging population, HIV/AIDS is just one of the many services provided.  To me, SAGE is about socialization.  One friend R... invited me to see Broadway shows as SAGE provided two tickets everyday.  Being HIV+ and living with Bipolar Disorder I'm in what I call a, "different awellness bility," and with that my income is fair, so I was one of several friends he's calls.

Socialization is part of over all wellness.  Social is developing healthy relationships with those around you. It is contributing to your community.  

Why I went to the SAGE website, who knows more about HIV /AIDS and aging then an advocacy group that services elders, from their category on HIV/AIDS I found this, just one of the facts listed:

"The demographic face of HIV/AIDS is a graying one. Research shows that by 2015, one in two people with HIV/AIDS will be age 50 and older. Overall, the rates of HIV/AIDS among older adults 50+ have increased more than 61 percent from 2001 to 2007. This population of older adults with HIV/AIDS includes long-time survivors, newly diagnosed people (often late) and newly infected people. The advent of HIV medications in the 1990s has allowed many people to survive and age with HIV—a first for this generation." 

I have another aging buddy, he's 67 and is living with a gay couple, they are friends and together they own a home as my aging buddy doesn't want to live alone, so this works well.  I suggest this to others as there aren't that many 55+ GLBT communities, they exist, but not enough for everyone, plus not everyone can afford them, so sharing ownership works very well.

Pick up the phone, call your friends who are diagnosed  with HIV/AIDS. and aging. Don't text, don't email, catch up, mention why you are calling, if you haven't seen them in awhile make plans, don't assume all is well even though they may say so.

Happy HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.




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