"This report outlines why and how LGBT elders face additional obstacles to successful aging, and lays the groundwork for solutions that will benefit all Americans, whether young, old, heterosexual, or LGBT."
Although largely invisible until recently, LGBT older adults make up a significant (and growing) shart of both the overall LGBT population and the larger 65+ population. While confronted with the same challenges that face all people as they age, LGBT elders also face an array of unique barriers and inequalities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life. This snapshot report, a summary of Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults, examines these additional challenges and how they make it harder for LGBT elders to achieve three key elements of successful aging: financial security, good health and health care, and social support and community engagement. The report also offers detailed recommendations for improving the lives, and life chances, of LGBT older Americans.
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ChristinaApril 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM
@Dee, sorry to hear about your current hardships. I encourage you to take a look at all of our resources to see if anything is helpful with regards to sorting out your finances. We'll be posting up a lot more info on those issues in the future as well. Did you know that National Healthcare Decisions Day is coming up? There are a bunch of things you can do to protect yourself financial and in regards to your health. NHDD has a website with easy to find events in your area. http://nhdd.org - I urge you to check it out as well. Does anyone else have any ideas?
Dee McClainApril 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM
My partner of 12 yrs. recently ended our relationship and in doing so not only broke my heart, but destroyed my plans for my future and removed my security living in the today. I am 64, alone and everything is upside down from housing, finances, on. I need guidance desperately.
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This publication is the first national federally-funded project to examine LGBT aging and health. It documents significant health disparities impacting LGBT older adults as they age, including disability, physical and mental distress, victimization, discrimination, and lack of access to supportive aging and health services. MORE >
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