Who We Are
SAGE Utah is a chapter of the long standing SAGE USA program and exists for people 50+. Every day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. This will continue for almost 20 more years as the Baby Boomers age. Interestingly, the senior population is the fastest growing segment in the overall population. Currently in Utah, there are more people over the age of 65 than there are people ages 0 – 18.
LGBTQ+ seniors are two times more likely to be aging alone and four times more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to have never married or had children. It is because of this startling statistic that isolation is often prominent in senior lives. One of the leading factors contributing to elder suicide is isolation making it vitally important that the Utah Pride Center offer lifesaving programs and events.
Why We are Here
SAGE provides services and resources for the LGBTQ senior community. SAGE has four foundational pillars and five areas of focus that support those foundational pillars. Every program, group or event is designed with that support in mind. SAGE supports each person so they can live their best senior lives.
AREAS OF FOCUS SUPPORTING THE PILLARS
SAGE Utah became a chapter about 12 years ago in Utah and has been mostly volunteer run since the beginning but on March 4, 2019, that all changed. The Utah Pride Center decided it was important to have a full-time person dedicated to serving seniors through SAGE. A volunteer Leadership Team was put in place consisting of 20 – 25 volunteers. Each volunteer either led or co-led one of the monthly