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Senior Housing Facilities in Chicago: Creating Communities for LGBT Elders

December 13, 2018 — By Colleen Zewe — Medill Reports Chicago

When searching for a senior housing facility, most people ask the standard questions: What are the meals like? What are the costs? But for LGBT people, the process becomes more complicated because they have to consider how LGBT-friendly the home is. Luckily, new diversity trainings for senior homes can help staff treat LGBT residents with respect and dignity.

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Coming Out to Your Kids in Midlife

November 28, 2018 — By Phyllis L. Cohen — Next Avenue

Coming Out to Your Kids in Midlife How to navigate tough conversations and a new family model

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D.C. Legislation Could Introduce a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ Senior Citizens

October 29, 2018 — By Mary Mangual — Georgia Voice

District of Columbia Council member Mary Cheh has introduced a piece of legislation that would protect the rights and interests of LGBTQ senior citizens and elderly people living with HIV. If passed, the bill – created after similar bills in Massachusetts and California – would enact a bill of rights for LGBTQ seniors and mandate “cultural competency” training for healthcare providers tasked with the medical welfare of these citizens.

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MAZON and SAGE Convene Leaders to Address LGBT Senior Hunger

October 25, 2018 — By Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger — PR Newswire

This week, a group of leaders from anti-hunger, LGBT, aging, and economic justice organizations convened to discuss an often-overlooked challenge facing LGBT older Americans – that of hunger.

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SAGE to Celebrate '40 Fierce Years' at Annual Awards Gala

October 10, 2018 — By SAGE — Windy City Times

SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, is proudly commemorating its 40th anniversary at this year's SAGE Awards & Gala on October 15 at Cipriani Wall Street. That evening, SAGE will honor actor and activist George Takei, the Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson, Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Wells Fargo's John Lake.

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New Report Identifies unique Challenges for LGBT Community Facing Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

August 14, 2018 — By Alzheimer's Association and SAGE — Cision PR Newswire

LGBT and Dementia – a new issues brief developed by the Alzheimer's Association and SAGE outlines the unique challenges facing LGBT older adults living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their caregivers.

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New video ad "Nursing Home" depicts discrimination against LGBT elders

June 28, 2018 — By SAGE — Windy City Times

In more than half the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans still live in fear of being fired from a job, turned away from a business, or being denied a place to live — all because of who they are. Sixty percent

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Caregiving in the LGBT Community

May 9, 2018 — By Michele Parente — The San Diego Union-Tribune

The issue: LGBT people are more likely to become adult caregivers than the rest of the population, according to a 2015 AARP/National Alliance for Caregiving report.

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LGBTQ Seniors In New Jersey Seek Welcoming Places to Live

May 1, 2018 — By Kevin Riodan — The Inquirer Daily News philly

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AARP Survey Finds LGBT Elders Worry About Adequate Support, Care, Dignity as They Age

March 28, 2018 — By AARP — Windy City Times

New AARP national survey finds most LGBT adults want but don't have access to LGBT-sensitive care and services.

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LGBT seniors are being bullied in housing facilities: 'This is happening all the time'

February 8, 2018 — By Beth Greenfield — Yahoo News

A 70-year-old lesbian’s lawsuit against her senior housing facility, which she claims has failed to keep her safe from antigay harassment, is highlighting a troubling fact of life for many LGBT seniors: the return, in their supposed “golden years,” of bullying.

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Bennet introduces LGBT seniors bill

December 1, 2017 — Valley Courier

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Al Franken (D-MN) on Tuesday introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults. The bill would build on the Older Americans Act to include LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

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SAGE Metro Detroit Takes Trainings on Improving Care for LGBT Older Adults Outstate

November 16, 2017 — By Jason A. Michigan — PRIDE Source

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) Metro Detroit will benefit from a $400,000 grant awarded to the ACLU of Michigan from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The grant will fund a two-year project that seeks to reduce isolation and improve care to LGBT older adults in three Michigan regions by replicating a successful Detroit-area collaborative pilot project between local LGBT service organizations and the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). SAGE Metro Detroit is one of many partners working on this project.

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Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation Increasing Services for LGBTQ+ Elders

November 9, 2017 — By Connor Duffey — the pride Los Angeles

On Wednesday, November 8, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) alongside Senators Michael Bennett (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced new legislation, entitled the LGBT Elder Americans Act, which seeks to expand services for LGBT seniors. The legislation builds upon the Older Americans Act by designating LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population as well as establishing the National Resource on LGBT Aging.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, colleagues bring legislation for LGBT seniors services

November 6, 2017 — Windy City Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with Senators Michael Bennet ( D-CO ), Jeff Merkley ( D-OR ), Edward Markey ( D-MA ) and Al Franken ( D-MN ) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) adults. This legislation would build on the Older Americans Act to include LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

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Mapping LGBTQ History in St. Louis

November 6, 2017 — Diverse Elders Coaltion

All too often, history is written by those in the mainstream, and the stories of marginalized communities – the stories of our elders – are lost. A team in St. Louis is working to recapture and map the history of LGBTQ communities in the region, and last month, they unveiled their interactive online map that documents queer history across the city from 1945 to 1992.

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Crist Seeks to Improve Services for LGBT Seniors

November 3, 2017 — By TBadmin — Tampa Bay Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, has joined U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR, and Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, in re-introducing legislation to improve the Older Americans Act (OAA) to better serve the specific needs of LGBT seniors.

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Following a national trend, Washington, D.C. plans to offer LGBTQ senior housing

August 29, 2017 — By Casey Quinlan — Think Progress

For the first time, Washington, D.C. plans to have senior housing for LGBTQ people. A D.C. resident, Imani Woody, started a nonprofit, Mary’s Place, dedicated to housing for LGBTQ seniors. The senior housing development, which would be a 15-unit residence, is scheduled to open in 2020, according to The Renewal Project, a division of The Atlantic. Woody is still searching for a developer.

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New Tools for LGBT Inclusion in Your Area Plan

July 21, 2017 — By Hot Topics in Aging — National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Frequent n4a partner SAGE has released a new best practice resource guide to help the Aging Network strengthen inclusion of LBGT older adults. The guide includes examples from AAAs that engage and include the LGBT community in their planning and services, along with an accompanying toolkit.

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Serving Diverse Populations: Strengthening the Aging Network’s Cultural Competency

July 21, 2017 — By Rebecca Owl Morgan — Diverse Elders Coalition

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is a member of both the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) and the Elder Equity Consortium. Both entities work to provide education and outreach to the Aging Network and other stakeholders.

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West Orange Senior Home Preps For Growing LGBT Population

May 15, 2017 — By Eric Kiefer — West Orange Patch

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Making the transition to a nursing home or retirement community can be tough for any senior citizen, and even more so when you’re gay, according to some LGBT rights advocates.

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Commission releases report on senior LGBT housing

April 13, 2017 — By Julia Preszler — Spare Change News

A report by the Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission on LGBT seniors living in housing run by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) recommended that the CHA sponsor programming for people who identify as LGBT, include gender identity as a protected class in the CHA anti-discrimination policy and collect information about how many LGBT seniors live in CHA housing.

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LGBTQ Issues Across the Lifespan

March 24, 2017 — By Laurie Meyers — Counseling Today

The specific biological mechanisms that underpin how people develop as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer (LGBTQ) are still undiscovered, but what many researchers have determined is that neither sexual/affectional orientation nor gender identity is a choice. Rather, they are innate, unchangeable parts of who a person is, much like skin color.

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SAGE Metro Detroit Releases Guide for LGBT Caregivers

February 23, 2017 — By Kate Opalewski — Pride Source from publishers of Between the Lines

When caring for an LGBT older adult, members of SAGE Metro Detroit want caregivers to understand the importance of unique circumstances faced by LGBT people ages 65 and up.

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Department of Aging Bolster Efforts to Improve Aging Services for LGBT Older Adults

January 25, 2017 — By Pennsylvania Department of Aging — BizJournals

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) leadership team, along with leaders from the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL), and board members of the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) participated in a training session to improve cultural competency inside aging services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. The training was provided by Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE).

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Making Elder Home More LGBT-Friendly

January 17, 2017 — By Beth Baker — Next Avenue

In 2016, the New Jewish Home in New York City sponsored what may be the first-ever float by a nursing home in the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade.

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New Year, New SAGECare Train the Trainer

January 9, 2017 — By Tim Johnston — SAGE Blog

This year I’m resolving to double my efforts to train service providers on LGBT cultural competency. From housing providers to nurses to service coordinators, it’s my job to make sure that more people know the "ins and outs" of providing services and care that are welcoming to our community.

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For LGBT People in Rural Areas, A Tough Transition to Retired Life

December 27, 2016 — By Ezra David Romero — NPR heard on All Things Considered

Rural places can be difficult for LGBT people, and retiring there can sometimes mean going back into the closet. The problem is even true in states with strong legal protections such as California. This interview was conducted with Van VanLandingham - NRC Volunteer Education Ambassador

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In Rural California, LGBT Seniors Often Are Forced Back Into The Closet

November 2, 2016 — By Ezra David Romero — NPR for Central California

The reality of aging is a hard pill to swallow for anyone, but for the LGBT population in rural places it can be an even rougher experience. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports getting older for LGBT seniors in Central California often means going back into the closet.

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Staying out of the closet in old age: retirement living

October 17, 2016 — By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News — The Oregonian

Patrick Mizelle and Edwin Fisher, who have been together for 37 years, were planning to grow old in their home state of Georgia. But visits to senior living communities left them worried that after decades of living openly, marching in pride parades and raising money for gay causes, they wouldn't feel as free in their later years. Fisher said the places all seemed very "churchy," and the couple worried about evangelical people leaving Bibles on their doorstep or not accepting their lifestyle.

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Cultural Competence for a Diverse Future

July 19, 2016 — By Linda Barbarotta — Leading Age Magazine

In June, LeadingAge Washington presented an award to The Hearthstone in Seattle for the positive changes they have made through cultural diversity commitment and inclusion with residents, staff and future leaders. It was no small feat for a life plan community with staff representing 27 different countries and islands.

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Why Aging and Caregiving Are Harder for LGBT Adults

April 5, 2016 — By Emily Gurnon — Next Avenue

An estimated 44 million Americans work as unpaid caregivers. If they are caring for older adults, as most are, their lives are often incredibly difficult. For those in the LGBT community, all of the stresses of caregiving are compounded.

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Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Seniors in Assisted Living

March 26, 2016 — By Casey Kelly-Barton — SeniorAdvisor

As the nation’s over-65 population grows, so does the number of LGBT seniors. Within 15 years, the US will have more than 3 million gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans seniors, according to the AARP, and these seniors have some particular needs, based not only on their orientation or gender identity but also on a lifetime of experiences and cultural messages that were sometimes dramatically different from their straight peers.

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Despite growing acceptance, fear threatens Maine’s aging LGBT community

December 29, 2015 — By Meg Haskell — BDN Maine

It has never been an easy path to walk, but by some measures growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s was even tougher than it is now. Long after the Stonewall riots of 1969 launched the early gay liberation movement, pronounced social, legal and cultural stigma lingered.

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The Longevity Wave: Meeting Future Needs

December 7, 2015 — By Marcy Adelman, Ph.D. — San Francisco Bay Times

There are 3 million LGBT seniors, and that number is expected to dou­ble by 2030. People over 65 years of age are the fastest growing segment of both LGBT and non-LGBT popula­tions, especially seniors over the age of 85.

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How LGBT Seniors Can Find the Best Home Healthcare

August 20, 2015 — Care for You, Inc.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this year to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, and the emergence of high-profile figures like Caitlyn Jenner, home healthcare agencies are changing how they engage and connect with seniors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community who may be in need of services.

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The Challenge of Being Transgender in a Nursing Home

August 12, 2015 — By Mo Perry — The Atlantic

Many elder-care facilities are ill-equipped to deal with the needs of transgender seniors, who fear that a move to assisted living may leave them vulnerable to discrimination and harassment.

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State, federal resources available for LGBT seniors

June 5, 2015 — New Haven Register

Among those who are aging is the growing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. It is conservatively estimated more than 3 million LGBT people in the U.S. are 55 and older. In Connecticut, there are about 21,000 adults age 62 or older, which will grow close to 36,000 in the next decade.

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Our Fund, SAGE launch South Florida LGBT elders initiative

May 11, 2015 — By Steve Rorthaus — Miami Herald

The Our Fund foundation and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) have launched a South Florida initiative to insure services for older LGBT men and women.

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The dam that bursts: On becoming a woman later in life

April 27, 2015 — By Jorge Rivas — Fusion

The public speculation surrounding former Olympian Bruce Jenner, who’s widely expected to come out as transgender tonight, has hit a fever pitch.

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Denying LGBTQ identities in death

February 5, 2015 — By Dana Rudolph — Windy City Media Group

My mother was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, and so end-of-life issues are much on my mind. When she passes—a straight, cisgender woman—she will be buried next to my father under a common gravestone, with the name she prefers. Our family will honor both her individual identity and the life she and my father created together. Not all LGBTQ people can expect the same, however, as several recent incidents have reminded us.

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LGBT seniors face special challenges in retirement

January 9, 2015 — By Emily Starbuck Crone — The Christian Science Monitor

LGBT couples can face high levels of financial insecurity in their retirement years. Many in the LGBT community do not trust traditional financial institutions, and retirement income streams like social security benefits, state pensions, and more do not always recognize same-sex partners.

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Do LGBT seniors have special caregiving issues?

October 2, 2014 — By Rita Clancy —

I am a 55-year-old daughter, mother, and caregiver. My parents are divorced; both of them are aging and need help. My father “came out” as a gay man at midlife. He has been estranged from our family, but now he is an older adult with multiple challenges and requires medical and social services. What concerns and caregiving issues could come up with my dad? — K.S., Oakland

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SAGE educates public about LGBT seniors

September 30, 2014 — By Troy Okum, Asst. News Editor — The Slate Online

An advocacy group provided a free training session to educate people about the acute needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) senior citizens.

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Finding Pride and Home: A Look at Housing for Older LGBT Adults

August 27, 2014 — By Dave Singleton —

Moving to an assisted living home should never mean stepping back into a closet. That seems obvious to those of us living out and proud lives in post-Stonewall Riots America. But fears of rejection and of being ostracized are ever-present realities for many seniors in -- or considering moving to -- shared senior living communities.

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3 Things to Create a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Elders

May 3, 2014 — By Hilary Meyer —

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 —

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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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 —

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 —

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 —

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 —

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


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


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


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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Enter the 2015 Healthy LGBT Aging Photo Contest!

Take your best shot in the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging & National Institute of Senior Center’s Healthy LGBT Aging Photo Contest, highlighting the beauty of LGBT aging!

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