December 21, 2017
Recap: 2017 Fall Couples Retreat for Older Lesbians in Chicago
By: Dr. Maria Glover Wallace

Older lesbian couples in urban settings continue to seek community events that address their needs.  In response, I created a Fall and Spring weekend retreat for a small group of lesbian couples in the Chicagoland area in 2013. In November 2017, the 4th annual older lesbian couples retreat was held in Westchester, IL. As facilitator and Life Coach, I presented sessions on self actualization, finding purpose, defining relationship goals, and effective communication.

LGBT aging resources for financial planning and long term care was also provided. In addition, Terri Worman, AARP Associate State Director for the Greater Chicagoland area presented information on the organization’s community initiatives.  Participants were able to register for AARP benefits and sign up for volunteer opportunities in the greater Chicagoland area.

Mediation and breathing exercises were followed by health coach and independent distributor for Herbalife, Jahnarri Griffin. Jahnarri presented healthy eating tips and exercise routines for strength building and weight loss.

Throughout the retreat participants completed journaling and team building exercises. Opportunities for personal growth and networking were noted as positive take-a-ways from the attendees. Advance registration for the Spring 2018 retreat will begin after the holidays. For more information on future events for older lesbian couples please email: TrueLife Coach4u –



The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.