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3 Things to Create a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Elders

May 3, 2014 — By Hilary Meyer — About.com

There are 1.5 million LGBT adults over 65 in the United States and their number is expected to double by 2030. With more and more LGBT adults moving toward retirement age every day, it is critical that the organizations and agencies serving the over-65 population do everything possible to make LGBT seniors feel welcome.

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Will Gay People Retire With Dignity?

April 29, 2014 — By Carolyn Rosenblatt — Forbes.com

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates 3 million LGBT elders live in the United States. As Baby Boomers age, that number will grow. In some places, aging members of the LGBT community are driving a nascent movement. Forward thinking people are creating LGBT friendly retirement communities, building in acceptance and a supportive environment.

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As Health Falters, Seniors Face Stark Choices

April 24, 2014 — By Matthew S. Bajko — Bay Area Reporter

Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Bernard Mayes was confronted with a stark choice. Should the fiercely independent gay man move into a senior assisted living facility?

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LGBT older adults the focus of SUN-B meeting

February 27, 2014 — By Jaime DeJesus — The Brooklyn Spectator

The struggles gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors endure and how their quality of life can be improved through understanding and empathy was the subject as members of the Senior Umbrella Network (SUN-B) met at the Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bensonhurst on Tuesday, February 18.

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American Society on Aging Names 2014 Award Winners for Excellence in Aging

January 30, 2014 — By Anne Ornelas — ASA Blog

The American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to announce the seven 2014 ASA Award winners. The ASA Awards program recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations to the field of aging and to the ASA.

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'We Made This Family': End-of-Life Care in the LGBT Community

January 6, 2014 — By Jeanne Dennis — Huffington Post

When Eleanor went into a nursing home to receive the care she needed in her final days, she was open about who she was as a lesbian. "You still have time before you die to repent, change your ways and be saved," a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the nursing home told her.

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End-of-Life Care for an Aging LGBT Population

December 27, 2013 — By Earl Collom — The Advocate

At the end of their life, many men and women go back in the closet for fear of being mistreated by health care and other professionals.

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Making Communities LGBT Aging Friendly

November 5, 2013 — By John Feather, PhD — Huffington Post

For LGBT people and those who love and care about them, it was a day that will long be remembered and celebrated. On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states that permit them. The reason: the court declared that DOMA was an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment.

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Special Concerns for LGBT Seniors

May 2, 2013 — By Julia Burkke — Forever Young Western New York

The Supreme Court hearings of two cases regarding same-sex marriage this spring brought awareness of the LGBT civil rights movement, already high, to a fever pitch –– but one subgroup of that community is frequently overlooked. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors face unique challenges within the greater struggle for acceptance and equal rights. Fortunately, the organization known as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) is attempting to change that through education, training, advocacy and awareness campaigns. Hilary Meyer, director of SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, explains the importance of this relatively new resource.

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National Center for LGBT Seniors Unveils Data Collection Guide

April 26, 2013 — By Jesse Monteagudo — South Florida Gay News

On March 14, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging of SAGE published a data collection guide to help providers collect the information they need to understand and serve LGBT older adults.

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Workshop on aging covers LGBT sexual expression and long-term care

April 17, 2013 — By Andrew Davis — Windy City Times

Same-sex intimacy and long-term care were among the topics addressed in "Sexual Expression, Older Adults and Long-Term Care Settings," an LGBT-related forum held during the American Society on Aging's 2013 Aging in America Conference, held recently at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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South Florida's first gay retirement home paving the way

March 24, 2013 — By Diane C. Lade — Sun Sentinel

The kitchen features a hutch with lovely antique blue-and-white plates. One bathroom has a walk-in shower. And lounge chairs surround a good-sized shaded pool in the back.

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Sexual orientation poses health care barrier for boomers

March 12, 2013 — By Sherry Greenfield — Gazette.Net - Maryland Community News Online

Frederick Community College hosted a daylong workshop last week to teach health care providers how to treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers with dignity and respect.

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Aging gays, lesbians find challenges in assisted-living centers

January 15, 2013 — By Kim Lamb Gregory — Ventura County Star

Beverly Taylor, 81, and Edie Brown, 77, have been together for 37 years. The same-sex couple married in Canada in 2005.

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Retirement options grow as gay boomers find more mainstream acceptance

December 9, 2012 — By Jen Christensen — CNN



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Retirement

November 26, 2012 — By Dawn Wolfe — Xpress LGBT newsmagazine

Hard to believe the fun and games might soon be over. But whether gay or straight, getting older often leads to doubts and anxiety.

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Improving services for county's LGBTQ seniors

October 19, 2012 — By Mark Holbrook and Jefri Palermo — Iowa City Press-Citizen

Many studies have shown that older members of the LGBTQ community face multiple challenges as they age and become more reliant upon social and health services.

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We Are Who We Are

September 24, 2012 — By Richard C. Milstein — Huffington Post

As the rights of the LGBT community are being confirmed (21 states recognize or soon will recognize some form of same-sex partnership or marriage) and youth are openly celebrating their diversity, gender identities, and sexual orientations, another door remains closed.

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How LGBT-friendly is your LTC community?

September 14, 2012 — By Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor — Long Term Living Magazine

Cultural sensitivity toward all individuals is probably part of your organization’s staff training procedure. But how welcoming is your long-term care facility to LGBT seniors? Not as friendly as you might think, according to several recent surveys and government reports

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Retirement planning checklist for LGBT Americans

June 22, 2012 — By Mark Miller — Reuters

June is Gay Pride Month in the United States. And you can tell the times they are a changing when U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta salutes the event by taping a video personally thanking gay members of the military for their service.

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SAGE Releases Guide for Improving Aging Services to Older LGBT Adults

March 22, 2012 — By Alyssa Gerace — Senior Housing News

The aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cohort is expanding along with the rest of the older population, increasing the importance for aging services providers to know how to best serve and support them, according to SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders).

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First training held for LGBT healthcare competency

February 16, 2012 — By Crystal Proxmire — PrideSource

Training has begun in southeast Michigan for healthcare professionals who work with the elderly and want to offer LGBT inclusive and welcoming services.

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Retirement Options Limited For Gay And Lesbian Seniors

January 27, 2012 — By Chris Lehman — NPR

As gay and lesbian people age, their need for retirement options mirrors those of the general population. But they often face unique challenges, especially when it comes to finding housing. For instance, some active-living retirement facilities don't allow unmarried couples to live together. And some gay seniors fear a cold shoulder from staff or fellow retirees.

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Gay seniors fear bias

January 17, 2012 — By Cornelius Frolik, Staff Writer — Dayton Daily News

Aging members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population can be vulnerable to harassment, social isolation and rejection because of changes in their living situations and medical needs.

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LGBT Atlantans organize to face challenges of aging

October 14, 2011 — By Dyana Bagby — The GA Voice

It’s a recent Thursday morning and five women and one man are sitting around a table at the Phillip Rush Center in Candler Park, playing a derivation of Canasta called Hand and Foot. The game is quick-paced as the players lay one card down after another.

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Temple to host LGBT-inclusive discussion on aging

October 7, 2011 — By Jen Colletta — Philadelphia Gay News

Temple University School of Law will stage a conference next week that examines the myriad challenges faced by American seniors — with LGBT older adults included at each step of the discussion.

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Helping aging LGBT parents

September 28, 2011 — By Dana Rudolph — Bay Windows

How do we help our parents as they age? For adults with non-LGBT parents, there are plenty of resources on how to help parents through the various legal, financial, and emotional issues of growing old. Search the web or your favorite online bookstore for "aging parents," and you’ll be swamped with results.

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The LGBT Senior Population's Risk of Elder Abuse

August 31, 2011 — By Hilary Meyer — eCareDiary

Elder abuse is a complicated matter especially when it involves populations who are already marginalized such as those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT).

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National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Job Posting: Internship Opportunity

August 16, 2011 — By National Resource Center on LGBT Aging —

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is seeking an intern beginning early-to-mid September through the end of December, with a possible continuation through May 2012, for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

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Good training, good care: Center kickstarts curricula in LGBT aging

July 26, 2011 — By Hilary Meyer — Aging Today

Two friends of mine, Vera and Zayda, had been together for 58 years. When Vera's Alzheimer's became too much, Zayda moved her to an assisted living facility. Zayda could barely trust family or neighbors with the truth, let alone strangers, so she and Vera became 'sisters.' Much later, after Vera's death, Zayda needed to move into an assisted living facility herself. She had many, many photos of the love of her life, but dared not display them in her new home. The other residents would talk about husbands, children and grandchildren, but she felt too vulnerable to tell the truth. Zayda was in hiding and terribly isolated.
—Nina L., Carlsbad, Calif. (from the 2009?2010 study "LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field")

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National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Website Launches Legal Support Resources

July 5, 2011 — By Hilary Meyer — New York Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Insights from Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney. This week's guest blogger, Hilary Meyer, is the Director at the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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Fountaingrove, Openhouse: housing for LGBT seniors

June 26, 2011 — By Carolyn Said — San Francisco Chronicle

Two disparate residential communities in the Bay Area targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors at different ends of the economic spectrum are regaining momentum after stalling during the recession.

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Old Fears: Afraid Of Renewed Harassment, Many LGBT Seniors Return to The Closet

June 17, 2011 — By Jeff Krehely — Playboy Magazine

For most of her adult life, 64-year old Denise Bonenfant lived as an openly gay woman. She spent half those years—more than three decades—in a loving relationship with her partner, Sunny Toscano, who died in 2007 from cancer and heart disease. But as Toscano grew sicker and she and Bonenfant witnessed a close friend being denied access to her dying partner by estranged family members, they decided to go back into the closet, telling Toscano's doctors and nurses that they were sisters.

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Q & A: When Elders Come Out of the Closet

June 16, 2011 — By Marjorie Nesin — Boston.com

Q. Recently, my elderly aunt came out to our family as a lesbian. She’s in her 80s and a resident of an assisted-living facility in the Mystic Valley community. My family is committed to supporting her, but we’re also concerned that she might suffer from prejudice and isolation now that she’s open about her sexuality. Are there resources for older LGBT folks? Are there steps I can take to make sure my aunt doesn’t suffer from discrimination?

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Organization Provides Online Support for LGBT Seniors

May 24, 2011 — By Bernard A. Krooks — Forbes

Seniors from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community encounter a unique set of challenges as they age. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has established an Internet-based resource center to address these challenges.

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Resources help LGBT elders face special challenges

May 18, 2011 — By Alicia M. Colombo — Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

At a time when gay men and lesbians enjoy the most social acceptance and legal protection in history, many elders face the daily challenges of aging while isolated from their families and the community. Fear, anti-gay bias and lack of legal standing are among the unique challenges facing an aging gay and lesbian generation. Nancy J. Knauer, author and law professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, has focused her career on the study of same-sex relationships and same-sex marriages.

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Weeklong Equality Forum to deal with problems of LGBT seniors

April 25, 2011 — By Dianna Marder — philly.com

Whether they stay in their homes, move to retirement communities, seek out assisted living centers, or enter nursing homes, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who faced hate and rejection all their lives now have to hope that the people paid to provide intimate care for them as they age are without prejudice.

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Living a Positive Life: A Perspective on HIV-Positive Older Adults

April 1, 2011 — By Hilary Meyer — eCareDiary.com

The face of HIV/AIDS is changing. It is no longer a young person’s disease. For example, the percent of people with AIDS over the age of 50 is now more than twice that of people under age 24.

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Living a Positive Life: A Perspective on HIV-Positive Older Adults

April 1, 2011 — By Hilary Meyer — eCareDiary.com

The face of HIV/AIDS is changing. It is no longer a young person’s disease. For example, the percent of people with AIDS over the age of 50 is now more than twice that of people under age 24.

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The Obama Administration and LGBT Elder Issues

January 31, 2011 — By LOREE COOK-DANIELS — GRAY PRIDE PARADE

Most civil rights movements take place over many decades, meaning that the early activists often don’t live long enough to reap the fruits of their labors…. I therefore feel especially privileged to have lived long enough to see the massive changes the Obama Administration has wrought in the federal government’s treatment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens.

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The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: A Lifeline for LGBT Seniors in Rural America

January 13, 2011 — By SUSAN ISENBERG — CHANGE.ORG

Picture this, it’s Christmas Day 2010. For some people, the only gift to open is their mind. And that can be painful. Maybe Mrs. Fischer down the hall at the We Care nursing home is the lucky one. She has a revolving door of visitors beyond her regular family visits … heads of state, royalty and her favorite visitor Bing Crosby.

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Center on Halsted announces country’s first LGBT homesharing program

December 16, 2010 — By JOSEPH ERBENTRAUT — EDGE BOSTON

Using their annual holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 10, as a backdrop, the staff of Chicago’s Center on Halsted announced a new free service that will provide a unique alternative housing option for the city’s LGBT residents.

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The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

December 1, 2010 — By By DUTTON & CASEY, P.C. — ELDER LAW UPDATE

I recently posted on another subgroup of the older adult population, Holocaust survivors, and it got me thinking about what groups of seniors may need additional resources that are specific to their needs and the unique obstacles they are facing as they age. Getting older is hard enough as it is, but members of the LGBT community often face additional complications because of the lack of relevant, informative resources that are available to them.

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New Resource Center’s Director Aims to Keep Aging LGBT Elders Well-Served—and Out of the Closet

December 1, 2010 — By BETSY DORSETT — AGING TODAY

Established this year through an historic Department of Health and Human Services grant, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is America’s first organization to provide technical assistance toward improving the quality of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. The center was created by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country. Aging Today is pleased to offer the following profile of Hilary Meyer, the Center’s new director.

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Transgender Issues: The Additional Challenges of LBGT Aging

November 4, 2010 — By JOANNE HERMAN — HUFFINGTON POST

Throughout November, public television's "In The Life" program shows the incredible challenges faced when a person who transitioned to live in the opposite gender, and who lost the support of family in the process, is confronted with a terminal illness.

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A New Resource for L.G.B.T. Seniors

October 22, 2010 — By PAULA SPAN — THE NEW YORK TIMES

We’ve written in The New Old Age on occasion about the particular challenges that gay men and lesbians face as they age: the financial inequities that result from federal and state governments declining to recognize same-sex marriages; the fears of discrimination in senior housing and programs; the frequent reliance, when family support is missing, on friends who are aging as well.

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Gray, Gay...and Worried

September 30, 2010 — By PAULA SPAN — THE NEW YORK TIMES

David and his partner, Paschal, together for more than 20 years, married during the brief period that same-sex marriages were legal in California. They're in their 60s, in decent health and financial shape. Yet thinking about their future makes David uneasy.

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LGBT Seniors Have National Caregiver Resource Center

June 16, 2010 — By Antoine Craigwell — AlterNet

New York, NY – In a special event celebrating Pride month, more than 150 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors and staff of Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) gathered on Monday, Jun 14 at SAGE's office for the launching of the National Caregiver Resource Center and ad campaign.

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SAGE Awarded $900 K Federal Grant

February 10, 2010 — The Associated Press

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced an award totaling $900,000 over three years to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to establish the nation's first national resource center to assist communities that provide services for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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Kira Garcia, SAGE
KGarcia@sageusa.org
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“We're facing right now an unprecedented growth in the number of adults who are getting older who have been living the majority of their lives out of the closet. And as that population ages, there are a number of special circumstances that they're going to be facing that the majority of the aging population doesn't have to face.”

Hilary Meyer
"New Resource Center's Director Aims to Keep Aging LGBT Elders Well-Served—and Out of the Closet,"
Aging Today, Nov.–Dec. 2010