GEN SILENT: Award-Winning Documentary Film about LGBT Aging presented Oct. 7

GREENFIELD, MASS. – Hospice of Franklin County, in collaboration with Greenfield Community College’s Pride Alliance and the National Center for Death Education, is pleased to present a screening of the film “Gen Silent” on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the GCC Dining Commons. A panel discussion facilitated by Diane Moran, Executive Director of The National Center of Death Education, will follow the movie. There is no charge for attendance; however registration is required by calling (413) 774-2400. CEUs for nurses and social workers will be available for a fee.

“Gen Silent” is the critically-acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses – their entire lives – to survive in the health care system. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. Unlike any film before, Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation.

Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed to making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors. As we watch the challenges that these men and women face, we are offered new hope as each person crosses paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better.

For more information, please contact Hospice of Franklin County at 413-774-2400 or visit our website at www.hospicefc.org.

Hospice of Franklin County is a member of the Berkshire Healthcare family of not-for-profit providers of skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, assisted and independent living and hospice services.

Hospice of Franklin County was incorporated as a free-standing, non-profit, community based hospice in 2004 and joined Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among non-profit, post-acute care providers in Massachusetts, in 2014. HoFC was created specifically to serve community members of the greater Franklin County area and has served more than 2,000 individuals and their families since first opening their doors. HoFC is a member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts.