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Catherine Thurston

Member, AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel

Catherine Thurston is a member of the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel.

Catherine Thurston, senior director for programs at SAGE, serves on the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel.

En español | Catherine Thurston is the senior director for programs at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), where she oversees all social services and community-based programming.

Since coming to SAGE, Thurston has overseen the launches of both the nation's first federally funded National Resource Center on LGBT Aging as well as the nation's first senior center devoted to the LGBT community.

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She has published articles on aging and dementia as well as LGBT aging. She is a member of the American Society on Aging's LGBT Aging Issues Network Council and was recently appointed to the steering committee of the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging.

Thurston has worked in the fields of aging and mental health for 24 years. Prior to joining SAGE in 2005, she was the director of Alzheimer's Programs at Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn. The first decade of Thurston's career was spent at one of the nation's first geriatric mobile mental health programs, providing case management and psychotherapy to homebound older adults.

Thurston earned a master's in social work from Hunter College.

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