Consulting and Technical Assistance

As anyone who has tried it knows, being truly trans-inclusive and culturally competent in transgender aging issues is difficult. The transgender community is incredibly diverse, and data and best practices on how to serve transgender elders are both sorely lacking.

TAN’s founding director, Loree Cook-Daniels, has more than three decades’ experience providing training, policy analysis, advocacy, and technical assistance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, and is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on transgender aging issues. Some of the recent consultations or trainings she’s done include:

  • Helping develop the national training curricula for the National Resource Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging
  • Producing a Transgender Aging 101 webinar for the American Society on Aging
  • Writing a chapter on transgender and SOFFA elders for AARP’s book, “Diversity & Aging in the 21st Century: The Power of Inclusion”
  • Producing a trans-inclusive, online course on LGBT aging issues for health care professionals, offered through the University of California – San Diego Extension Program
  • Providing a half-day transgender aging training to more than 100 service providers in Boulder County, Colorado
  • Helping MetLife design a trans-inclusive survey for its revision of Out and Aging, a study of LGBT baby boomers
  • Conducting a Transgender 101 workshop for staff and constituents of SAGE local chapters
  • Assisting the national Caring and Aging with Pride survey project reach transgender elders
  • Serving on the conference planning committee of multiple national LGBT aging conferences
  • Being a panelist at the Council on Social Work Educators “Hot Topics Panel: LGBT Aging”
  • Writing articles for Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled
  • Drafting the (successful) grant proposal for the National Resource Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging
  • Helping a Ph.D. student design hir dissertation on transgender aging topics


Although TAN is eager to work with organizations to design the specific training and/or consultation they need, our existing PowerPoint trainings on aging topics include:

  • Transgender Aging 101
  • The Differences Between Transgender Elders and their Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Peers
  • National LGBT Aging and/or Transgender Policy Developments
  • Sexual Violence, Elder Abuse, and Sexuality of Transgender Adults Age 50+: The Results of Three Studies
  • Transgender Elders: Services, Advocacy and Health Issues
  • Transgender Inclusion Tips