Senior Community

Q Center’s LGBTQ Senior Community program, Aging With Pride is located at Q Center and is patterned, cut and tailored specifically for those who have lived some decades longer than others.

 
 
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Aging With Pride’s mission is to address the concerns and needs that arise at this time of our lives; providing information, education and social events for those members of our community who have lived through earlier times of LGBTQ history and have been foundation stones for the community we have become.

Contact Janet Martinez or 503-234-7837 for details.

 
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Janet Martinez, Senior Community Coordinator

Janet (she/her) has an extensive background in social services, such as AIDS Project Los Angeles. With a master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (Gerontology) from Marylhurst University, Janet has spent years in scholarly research investigating the diversity of the longevity market including LGBTQ+ senior populations. She also has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry producing reality programming, series, and feature-length movies in both the United States and abroad.

janet@pdxqcenter.org or 503-234-7837

 

Chair Yoga

Yoga is an exercise routine that improves balance and strength. In Chair Yoga the chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s fitness and health potential. Even if you are in a wheelchair, you can receive the many benefits of chair yoga–the integration of body, mind, and spirit that keeps the yoga practitioner healthy and vital. Chair Yoga allows you to practice many yoga poses, deep breathing techniques, and meditation. Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga covering standing, seated and prone postures, improving musculoskeletal fitness and flexibility, building strength and relaxing your body and mind for overall health and well-being.

Q Center’s 6 week program will teach a series of poses derived from the Iyengar style, and modified for improving balance, strength, mobility and confidence in everyday activities.

Tim Mulcahey is a Licensed Massage Therapist who has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for more than 10 years. He is happy to bring this effective and delightful practice to senior populations. His knowledge of anatomy and physiology and experience with various health conditions gives him the sensitivity to adapt the practice to folks with arthritis and heart conditions Folks with limited mobility or physical disabilities will all benefit.


Meals on Wheels

Q Center’s AWP Program is excited to host a lunch program for senior folk on Thursdays 12:00pm -1:00pm. A time to eat together and meet together.

Meals are served on a donation basis, suggested donation is $3, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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The Meals on Wheels People was founded in 1969 by three caring women, Jean Wade, Martha Shull and Cay Kreiger, who saw a need in the community that was not being met. Originally called “Loaves and Fishes” these three women gathered in the basement of the Lincoln Street Methodist Church in February 1970 to serve a hot lunch to about a dozen seniors and then delivered 14 Meals on Wheels on paper plates wrapped in newspaper. Today the Meals on Wheels People produces 5,000, nutritious meals five days each week in a 14,000-square-foot commercial kitchen located in the heart of Multnomah Village.


Narrative Groups

Stories have always contributed to our well-being, they help us make sense of complex life events and give form and structure to our personal experiences and identity. We carry our own and our predecessor’s stories as memories that shape who we are and paths we may or may not take in our lives.

Finding, recovering, writing, and telling our stories give opportunity to reminisce, review and even re-story our lives, creating meaning and strengths we might not have known without the details and deeper examination of our narratives. Our stories reveal surprises and insights, wisdoms and areas of growth.

In this series of six meetings at Q Center, we will journey our stories through the decades of our lives. As elder LGBT our lives have been shaped by barriers and inequalities, stigmas and prejudice. We are the first generation to age with HIV/AIDS. We are also a community that has thrived with the support of one another. Depending on our age we will divide our lives into six segments, decades more or less, and ponder, write, draw, compose, create and share stories of our lives.

In each session there will be a creative component, most likely written, though this can also be a drawn story, a song, a poem, a piece of art depending on the individual. Some supplies will be provided but if participants have a particular art or craft or musical medium they prefer to work in, or a laptop, please bring with you what you might need.

The group is limited to a maximum of 10 participants* aged 50+, to give time to share. The group will be a closed group after the first session for confidentiality and consistency. Suggested donation to Q Center $8 per session – Sliding scale available and no one turned away for lack of funds