LGBTQ+ Caregiving Forum


    “National Family Caregiver Month is November, and we are starting it off with a wonderful event.

    The LGBTQ+ Caregiving Forum – Support for the Journey of Care, hosted by PCOA and AARP Arizona, will be Wednesday, November 1, 1pm-4pm, at the Donna R. Liggins Center, 2160 N 6th Ave.

    Mayor  (Jonathan) Rothschild will help with the Welcome, and national expert Dr. Linda Travis will join us as the Keynote Speaker. Panelists from Senior Pride Community Cares, SAGA, UofA Center on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, and PCOA will provide their expertise. We will have a community discussion and wonderful resource tables.

    LGBTQ+ caregivers face unique issues and challenges, but specialized resources and strategies can bring assistance and relief. Please join us for this exciting community Forum to learn about supportive strategies and services that can make a world of difference.

    Please share this flyer with your networks, and plan to attend. You can RSVP at

    Intended Audience: LGBTQ+ Caregivers, as well as community members, agencies and professionals.

    Please spread the word and join us. Light refreshments will be provided.”


    Caregiver Specialist
    Pima Council on Aging
    8467 E. Broadway Blvd.
    Tucson, AZ 85710
    (Not in office on Wednesdays)

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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