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.