Older LGBT adults are often impacted by loneliness and isolation as a result of a lifetime of challenges. There are an estimated 3 million LGBT adults over 50 in the United States today, and while recognition of the LGBT community becomes increasingly normalized, many of these adults lack access to safe and friendly services and are likely to live alone.

In order to combat a state of isolation and invisibility for LGBT adults in local communities, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources has partnered with Tacoma Older LGBT and the Korean Women’s Association (KWA) to bring people together to create meaningful connections. This is done through an event called SAGE Table Tacoma, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at KWA (123 96th St. E, Tacoma).

“Loneliness touches all of us at some point in our lives, but affects older adults, and especially our LGBT elders, even more,” Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager, said in a statement. “The social isolation experienced by older LGBT adults is associated with poor health outcomes, depression, and cognitive decline. We are excited to participate in the second year of SAGE Table, to start an open dialogue about loneliness, and to offer a venue where meaningful relationships can be formed.”

People from all generations who identify as LGBT or allies of the LGBT community are welcome to attend the event and share a meal together for free. RSVP by calling 253-798-8787 or emailing info@tacomaolderlgbt.org.