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Edith Lederberg, executive director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, said more money for government-subsidized, home-delivered meals would help isolated seniors.
"A lot of these people came down [to South Florida] as a couple, with two incomes.
Now, one or the other passed, and you have one person … trying to survive on their income alone," said Edith Lederberg, executive director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Getting seniors to food, or getting the food to them, is a major challenge, said Lederberg, of Broward's Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Senior centers and cities may offer shuttle bus transportation to hot meal centers or for shopping, but some elders are too frail to travel that way.
The same is true at large retirement communities with transportation systems that take residents to supermarkets, she
"There's nothing glamorous, there's nothing pretty, about showing an old person who's starving," Lederberg
Gay Seniors Face Stigma - SeniorSite.com - Sex & Seniors
About two and a half years ago, Edith Lederberg, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging in Broward County, Fla., became inspired to start a gay and lesbian adult day care center for frail elders in Ft. Lauderdale and began looking for a suitable location.
Her goal was to find a place that would feel like home to members, not in the middle of the city but in a residential area surrounded by homes and gardens.
Broward County has a large number of elders, with about 175,000 seniors over 75.
Consequently, adult day care is a critical need, Lederberg
"I think we have more day care programs in Broward County than probably any other county in the country."
When word got out about the agency's plan, it received media attention from all over the world.
As it turned out, Lederberg
told GT, hers would be the first such program anywhere, including San Francisco and New York's Greenwich Village.
added, "I was surprised and amazed, truthfully.
What is the gay and lesbian population doing with the frail elders?"
Gay and lesbian seniors are having problems in nursing homes, which frequently separate partners, and very few congregate living facilities cater to the gay population, she
"It just surprised me that no one had ever done this."
Lederberg estimates that Broward County has about 40,000 openly gay and lesbian residents, plus a significant number of gay and lesbian seniors who have never made their sexual preferences known to the community at large.
Many of those closeted seniors, she
said, are either living alone or with partners who are taking on the burden of caregiving without additional supports.
The Sunshine Cathedral
, a Ft. Lauderdale church that serves the gay and lesbian community, owned two buildings on its property that Lederberg
felt had the potential to be converted into a day care center.
However, because of special zoning laws and various bureaucratic hurdles, the process of actually opening the center has taken much longer than expected.
Issues Teams | Broward Days
Edith Lederberg, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County, Inc.
Spotlight On Seniors - This Season! | ADRC Broward
The show, featuring hostess Edith Lederberg, ADRC's Executive Director, can be viewed every Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Comcast Cable's Local Public Access Channel 12.
The show is sponsored by North Broward Medical Center and Comcast.
Valuing Our Families Awards Archive | Sunshine Social Services, Inc.
EDITH LEDERBERG, Executive Director of the Broward County Area Agency on Aging, and her co-worker and confident, Noble McArtor, had a vision of opening a day care facility to meet the special needs of LGBT seniors and their caregivers.
She wanted to make a difference for frail LGBT seniors who often face a senior care system laced with stigma and ignorance.
Noble's tragic and sudden death increased her resolve to make this dream a reality.
Edith marshaled every resource from right here in her our own back yard to Washington D.C., to open the nation's first adult day care center to meet the needs of the LGBT community.
Thanks to Edith, the Noble A. McArtor Adult Day Care Center will forever be a safe, warm and empowering home away from home for our seniors.