Experience Aging Rainbows
Who We Are
A Distinct Identity
Aging Rainbows is a not for profit, 100% volunteer run organization with no paid employees. We are a collaborative group of like minded individuals from the LGBTQ+ community and allies who are driven by one primary goal, to make the world a better place for all individuals! Our mission is to provide community outreach, education, supportive programs, foster inclusive care communities and care providers, expand socialization opportunities, and intergenerational programs in the Northern, VA area and throughout the country for LGBT older adults. We want to work with individuals and communities across the country to foster these programs and ideals! We strive to build productive relationships and to make a positive impact with all our pursuits.
Making A Difference One Person at a Time!
Aging Rainbows has a mission to change and positively impact the lives of others, especially LGBT older adults in the Northern, VA area. The work we do is focused on expanding socialization opportunities for LGBT older adults, while supporting intergenerational programs, education, outreach, advocacy, and positive interventions to create more LGBT friendly inclusive care communities and care providers. Along the way we always ensure that our partners share the same vision, and are empowered by creating positive opportunities for all individuals and communities. Contact us today if you would like to volunteer time or support a weekly or monthly event or program of interest to LGBT older adults!
One Step at a Time
Aging Rainbows has a strong commitment to providing community education. We are happy to come to community centers, senior centers, churches, and other venues to speak about topics of interests for LGBT older adults and care partners! Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause and to schedule an educational program for your care community, home care agency, place of recreation or worship.
Community Outreach and Advocacy
Helping The Community
Aging Rainbows is dedicated to stopping ageism and discrimination! We strive to actively educate, train, and foster inclusive care communities and care providers for LGBT older adults. We provide guidelines and staff education for care communities and care providers on how to create inclusive care communities and services! Contact us today to get a copy of our guidelines for creating inclusive care communities and services. In addition, we offer individualized support to LGBT older adults and if needed referrals to care management and advocacy services who specialize in and understand the needs of LBGT older adults. These service providers can assist with long term care planning, health maintenance, advocacy, and more! We are always striving to make a difference and invite you to learn more and offer your support if you can to these initiatives and areas!
SEE OUR INCLUSIVE PROVIDER LINKS BELOW UNDER INCLUSIVE CARE PROVIDERS AND PARTNERS SECTION!
Socialization & Supportive programs
Making Connections and Fostering Friendships!
LGBT older adults need more opportunities for socialization! Our goal is to promote relationships and offer regular activities and fun, interactive socialization opportunities for LGBT older adults!
From regular coffees to uplifting support groups, art outings, trips, and pride events, we hope to have something for everyone! With access to the right resources and support, individuals can become empowered by their own abilities, gain the confidence to step out of their comfort zone, form new relationships, and fulfill their potential! Learn more about our events and activities by getting in touch with our team today through the contacts tab! If you have an event idea or would like to support an event we would also love to hear from you!
Working Together Towards a Better Tomorrow
Dealing with the challenges of today requires movers and thinkers, people of action who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Aging Rainbows emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a strong desire and a call to action for LGBT older adults! Established in 2019, we are an organization driven by passion, progressive ideas, forward actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and to get involved.
Aging Rainbows Planning and Advisory Board Members
Like Minded Professionals Making Change Happen Through Positive Action
Karen McPhail, RN, MSN, CDP
Founder and Director
With us since the beginning, Karen McPhail is our Founder, Board Chair, and Co-Director. Karen brings her many years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization to grow and succeed.
Karen is the owner and Managing Director of Eldementals LLC, and is a professional care manager with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has been working since 2001 as a private Healthcare Consultant, Care Advisor, educator, public speaker, writer, and Care Manager in the DC Metro area. She has been educated in the various fields of human services, including case management, psychology and mental health, nursing, pediatrics, and gerontology. She is a professional member of the Case Management Society of America, the National Association of Case Management, the American Society on Aging, the National Council of Dementia Practitioners, the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA), ISTAART through the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the past President of the George Mason Nursing Alumni Association, a past board member of the National Kidney Foundation, has had program involvement with the WRTC and UNOS, a past Director and Founder of the Transplant Institute Foundation, a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Association, Board member and Restaurant Committee Chair for Dementia Friendly America (DFA) - Herndon which was the first DFA chapter in Virginia, a Kennedy Center Member, member of Great Falls Friends and Neighbors, Great Falls Citizens Association, Great Falls Business Women, and has completed certification and credentialing through the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Council of Dementia Practitioners, SAGECare (platinum), as a Clinical Transplant Coordinator and is a National Resource Center for LGBT Aging Education Ambassador. Mrs. McPhail has served as adjunct faculty at both Georgetown University and George Mason University Nursing Programs. She has been recognized on several occasions for her community service efforts on behalf of her area. She has published work in the Journal of Nursing Administration and other publications, does private healthcare consulting for a variety of corporations, does frequent public speaking engagements, and serves on expert clinician panels, along with speaking at numerous clinical and community focused education programs, is involved in many local charities and service organizations, authors a wellness blog titled "Eldementals™," which is a blog to support those with chronic conditions of all ages, older adults, and their caregivers, is lead blogger for Aging Rainbows for LGBT older adults, participates in frequent national podcasts, has been featured on WUSA-9, and in other news publications.
Kayley C. McPhail
Kayley McPhail joined Aging Rainbows with the vision and drive to improve upon our LGBT Older Adult Community, Kayley is focused on developing the organization through personal experience, past not for profit experience, and related work in the field.
Heather Suri, RN, BSN, CMC
Heather Suri owns an Aging Life Care Management practice in Northern Virginia. She is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience primarily in geriatrics and hospice. She holds a Bachelors in Nursing and is certiﬁed as a Care Manager through NACCM. Heather is the President Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association and holds a membership at the Advanced Professional level. She shares her expertise through speaking engagements, subject matter expert work and content development for senior serving organizations. Heather volunteers her time in the community through a program she developed called The Caregiver Resource Hour, as an Advisory Board member for Aging Rainbows and for Girl Scouts of America.
Bringing knowledge and experience to our group.
Lisa Geraci Rigoni
Bringing enthusiasm and experience to our group!
Bringing years of assisted living experience and creative ideas to the group!
Bringing enthusiasm and creative ideas along with years of experience in managing home care for older adults.
Lee Anne Philbin
Bringing experience, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic that is helping to drive our initiatives forward.
The truth is we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.
You Can Make a Difference
Your support is important to our work at Aging Rainbows. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.
Reach out through our contacts tab today! And check out our partnership sponsors packages!
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Volunteer Your Time
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Contact Aging Rainbows to learn more about our programs, to volunteer, or to become a care partner.
Our Inclusive Care Partners
Please See Our Additional Resources Section for a Full List of Inclusive care providers, elder care attorneys, and other services!
We List ONLY Those organizations who support our mission in providing inclusive Care in Northern, VA!