Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults

It is estimated that there are approximately 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 and older in the United States, 1.1 million of whom are 65 and older. Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults provides an overview of their unique needs and experiences so that service providers, advocates, the aging network, and policymakers can consider these factors when serving this population or passing laws that impact older adults and the LGBT community.

There are an estimated 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 and older in the United States, and 1.1 million who are 65 and older. While many older adults face issues of economic insecurity, lack of adequate, affordable health care, ageism, and difficulties getting the help they need as they age, those challenges are compounded for LGBT older adults. In addition, LGBT older adults face their own unique challenges as a result of a lifetime of both individual and structural discrimination.

 

Movement Advancement Project | Aging as LGBT: Two Stories

Created to supplement the report Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults, this video follows Jackie and Tina, two women born in the same town in 1947 whose lives take very different turns.

Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders (SAGE), is intended for service providers, advocates, the aging network, and policymakers, and includes policy suggestions as well as best practices for serving a population of LGBT elders.