LGBT Aging Resources

Despite advances in LGBT civil rights, many eldercare providers never stop to consider that their clients may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) - and even those who do, may not know how to provide services in culturally-sensitive ways. As a result, LGBT older adults often avoid seeking needed services out of fear of discrimination. The tendency for LGBT older adults to go "back in the closet" is particularly pronounced in situations where they are most vulnerable - such as when accessing home health care or residing in assisted living or residential care facilities.

One study indicated that LGBT older adults may be as much as five times less likely to access needed health and social services because of their fear of discrimination from the very people who should be helping them. With LGBT older adults twice as likely to live alone than heterosexual older adults, more than four times as likely to have no children, the informal caregiving support we assume is in place for older adults may not be there for LGBT elders.

LGBT Aging Project
The LGBT Aging Project is a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.

Wade, Horowitz LaPointe LLC
Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC was one of the pioneers in estate planning for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. After developing experience working with their own clients, attorneys Horowitz and Wade founded the first legal practice section of the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association for attorneys seeking to specialize in the area of LGBT legal planning.

Guardianship from Jewish Family & Children's Service
The Guardianship program provides services to older adults no longer legally competent to make decisions regarding their health and welfare. For members of the LGBT community without family members to assume this responsibility, the JF&CS program can be a sensitive, appropriate resource, including both private and state-funded guardianship and conservatorship.

Gen Silent
Gen Silent is a documentary film that not only sheds light on the unique issues facing LGBT older people, it also brings together professionals, activists and caregivers to start creating community solutions.

LGBT Aging: A Question of Identity
LGBT Aging: A Question of Identity is an article by SAGE Executive Director, Michael Adams, and Patrick Abatiell in the latest issue of The Gerontologist.

SAGE Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.

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