Older Adults and Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS

How We Can Help

Adults age 50 years and older now represent the largest group of people living with HIV/AIDS. This group include long-term survivors (LTS) who were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS before the advent of antiretroviral therapy in 1996. People within these groups often experience higher rates of illnesses associated with aging including cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases, cancers, frailty, and osteoporosis. They may also be socially isolated due to HIV/AIDS stigma and have higher rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and loneliness as they age.

GMHC has developed an array of nationally recognized services to support the psychosocial and educational needs of adults age 50 years and older and LTS. In addition, our National Center for HIV & Aging conducts groundbreaking research on issues associated with aging with HIV/AIDS.

Targeted services for adults ages 50 years and older and LTS include:

The Terry Brenneis Hub for Long-Term Survivors

The Terry Brenneis Hub for Long-Term Survivors is a central contact point for LTS seeking information about services. Through the Hub, we connect LTS to resources and support them in their efforts to lead healthy and rewarding lives. The LTS Hub also provides information around community resources and upcoming workshops and events.

The Buddy Program

The Buddy Program pairs clients living with HIV/AIDS with volunteers who provide social support and assistance with navigating services and resources. With a Buddy, clients can participate in activities such as having a cup of coffee, taking a walk in the park, or assisting with a trip to a doctor’s office. This support can help break the social isolation that can be felt when living and aging with HIV/AIDS.

Thriving @ 50 and Beyond Group

Thriving @ 50 and Beyond is a single-session group for individuals 50 years of age and older who are Black/African American and Latinx, of all gender identities and sexual expressions, and are living with HIV/AIDS. The group focuses on reducing social isolation, depression, and stigma. The groups also aim to increase participants’ understanding of other conditions that they may experience in order to improve overall health outcomes. Through participation in this group, clients can also be connected to other supportive services at GMHC.

Healthy Aging Project

The Healthy Aging Project provides screenings, workshops and referrals for LGBTQ+ older adults who are living with HIV or at risk for HIV infection.

 

Older Adults and Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, most of our services are designed to serve the needs of people who have tested positive for HIV.

The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or emailing intake@gmhc.org.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

Services

Contact

Services for older adults and long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS: ltshub@gmhc.org or Ph. 212-367-1054, or Michelle Lopez, healthy aging specialist, at Ph. 212-367-1480.