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Pride Path: Events support ages 50 and older

Isolation and access to information — just two of the serious concerns faced by many in the aging LGBT community. The local community has been responding with more events and programming geared toward those older than 50.  The Silver Pride Project, a program of the Pride Center of Western New York, has garnered a year of success in creating a social and support forum for LGBT seniors. Here are a few other happenings that elders in the community may find of interest.

Know The 10 Signs: An Alzheimer’s Workshop, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. June 30 at Pride Center of Western New York (200 S. Elmwood Ave.)

Facilitated by Pride Center, this workshop is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association and catered to address the unique needs of the LGBT community.  Discussion will include how to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, what steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know, what the process is behind receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and why early detection is crucial.  Call (800) 272-3900 to register.

Buffalo Frontrunners and Frontwalkers, twice weekly at Ring Road in Delaware Park

This club of LGBT runners and walkers recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as a chapter of the International Frontrunners organization. Participants make the loop around Ring Road in Delaware Park one or twice and at their own pace, then meet up at one of several local restaurants nearby for a bite to eat.

Men and women of all ages are welcome, but as the club has aged, so has its core membership. They meet up twice a week — 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Thursdays — to make the 1.8-mile trek.

Every now and then they’ll change venues, get together for a Friday night happy hour, or gather at a members home for a potluck.

LGBT Veteran’s Support Group, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. July 6 at Buffalo Veteran Affairs Medical Center (3495 Bailey Ave.)

A weekly support group designed to provide veterans with a forum to express their concerns, explore challenges, gain insight, and provide one another with mutual support regarding issues related to LGBT lifestyles and identity.  Meetings are held on the 10th floor. For more information, call Susie Klapper at 862-8584.

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