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Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies

Updated May 18, 2020 - This publication highlights provides new research, resources, practical tips and suggested actions to help create inclusive and welcoming services for LGBT older adults.

May 2020 | National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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SAGE's National LGBT Elder Hotline............... 877-360-LGBT

SAGE's National LGBT Elder Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can request to speak with someone in English or Spanish by calling 877-360-LGBT.

August 2019

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Improving Undergraduate Nursing Students' Understanding of LGBTQ Older Adults

As a nursing educator, preparing nursing students for care of an aging population is challenging. New nurses entering practice need to understand the complex physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of older adults, while also considering the importance of generational, cultural, and individual differences of older adults and their families. It is also important for new nurses to recognize and advocate for vulnerable and underserved older adult groups, such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.

July 2019 | Nadine Henriquez, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

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Enhancing Health, Wealth, and Community for older LGBT adults

This article explores latest research and programs that support LGBT older people.

April 2019 | The Journal of Active Aging, article by Marilynn Larkin, MA

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Training the Aging Network to Provide Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Older Adults

This brief explores the need for LGBT Cultural Competency training in health and aging services.

March 2019 | Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation

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Enhancing health, wellness and community for older LGBT adults

This article provides a look at the unique needs of older LGBT people and how communities are responding to these needs.

September 2018 | Marilynn Larkin, M.A. in the Journal of Active Aging

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Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services

Ever-growing religious exemption laws put LGBT elders at increased risk for discrimination.

December 2017 | The Movement Advancement Project and SAGE & Public Rights/Private Conscience Project (PRPCP) at Columbia Law School

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Identifying and Referring LGBT Caregivers

This fact sheet is designed to assist providers with identifying and supporting LGBT Caregivers in a medical setting.

September 2017 | John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Chase Brexton Health Center, and SAGE

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Medicaid y la comunidad LGBT: Cómo costear el cuidado médico a largo plazo: Actualizado en el 2016

Este artículo proporciona un resumen de las reglas que aplican a aquellos en la comunidad LGBT y que posiblemente necesiten Medicaid, en especial para aquellos que podrían requerir cuidado médico a largo plazo en un centro especializado de enfermería. El siguiente artículo está dirigido a personas solteras y parejas domésticas.

June 2017 | Arlene Zarembka, Abogada

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New Guidance from SSA on Spousal & Survivors Benefits for Married LGBT Couples

This guidance can help individuals in same-sex marriages who were denied benefits because their marriage to a spouse of the same sex wasn’t properly recognized.

April 2017 | Justice in Aging

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Hoja Informativa: Salud Del Seno Y El Envejecimiento En La Comunidad LGBT

Hoja Informativa: Salud Del Seno Y El Envejecimiento En La Comunidad LGBT

March 2017 | Por Elías Grossman, MSW, defensor de la comunidad, Susan G. Komen Pudget Sound

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Imposter Scams

Information from the Federal Trade Commission to help recognize and report Imposter Scams.

February 2017 | Federal Trade Commission

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Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Revised in 2016 - This guide helps service providers learn how to ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to older adults in safe and respectful ways.

December 2016 | National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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LGBTQ Breast Health & Awareness: An Interview with Elijah Grossman, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound

LGBTQ Breast Health & Awareness: An Interview with Elijah Grossman, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound

December 2016 | Elijah Grossman, MSW (he/him/his), Community Advocate, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound

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Social Security: What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all States and have their marriage recognized by other States. We now recognize same-sex couples’ marriages in all States, and some nonmarital legal relationships (such as civil unions and domestic partnerships), for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

September 2016 | Social Security Administration

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Medicaid and the LGBT Community: Paying for Long Term Care – Update 2016

This article provides an overview of the rules that apply to those in the LGBT community who might need Medicaid, particularly those who might need long term care in a nursing home. The following article is directed at single persons and unmarried partners.

August 2016 | Arlene Zarembka, Attorney at Law

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Medicare Rights Center a Q&A with Joe Baker, President

Learn about the work of the Medicare Rights Center, a national, nonprofit consumer service organization.

August 2016 | Joe Baker, President Medicare Rights Center

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How Does Marriage Change Your Taxes?

SAGE and CitiCommunity Development partnered to create a series of infographics based on the "Talk Before You Walk: Considerations for LGBT Older Couples Before Getting Married" toolkit. Learn about finances at a glance for LGBT older adults.

July 2016 | SAGE and Citi Community Development

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How Does Marriage Change Your Finances?

SAGE and CitiCommunity Development partnered to create a series of infographics based on the "Talk Before You Walk: Considerations for LGBT Older Couples Before Getting Married" toolkit. Learn about finances at a glance for LGBT older adults.

July 2016 | SAGE and Citi Community Development

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How Does Marriage Change Your Healthcare?

SAGE and Citi Community Development partnered to create a series of infographics based on the "Talk Before You Walk: Considerations for LGBT Older Couples Before Getting Married" toolkit. Learn about finances at a glance for LGBT older adults.

July 2016 | SAGE and Citi Community Development

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Accessing Information on Medicare Benefits for LGBT People

Resource document providing links to organizations that provide information on legal rights and/or Medicare benefits.

July 2016 | SAGE

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Marriage, Medicare and Medicaid: What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know

Tips for same-sex couples who are married or thinking about marriage so you can understand how marriage affects Medicare and Medicaid rights.

July 2016 | SAGE & Justice in Aging

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Medicare Changes for Transgender Older Adults

Until recently, Medicare has not had specific guidance about how to address the unique needs of transgender older adults. That is changing.

July 2016 | SAGE & Justice in Aging

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Have you done your Yearly Medicare Plan Review?

Describes the Medicare Open Enrollment process and the need to review your Medicare coverage on a yearly basis.

October 2015 | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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LGBT Older Adults: How to Find Affirming Services

Are you an older adult and a member of the LGBT community? If so, getting the proper care and support can be a challenge. This document details a few frequent questions older LGBT adults often ask.

February 2015 | Terri Clark

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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities

Guides health professionals in helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people understand health insurance options, particularly mental health and substance abuse benefits and services, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enroll in plans.

November 2014 | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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Whitman-Walker Health

Whitman-Walker Health is a Washington DC community health center specializing in HIV/AIDS care and lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender care.

September 2014

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Recruiting LGBT People as Volunteers for Your SMP Program

Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. This tip sheet provides suggestions on how to outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, in order that they become volunteers in the SMP network.

September 2014 | SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Older Adults & Medicare Fraud Prevention

Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) developed this handout to be given out to lesbian, gay and bisexual older adultsthat includes the SMP targeted messaging of "Protect, Detect, Report."

September 2014 | SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

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Providing Services to LGB Older Adults: Tips for SMP Staff and Volunteers

This tip sheet is intended for Senior Medicare Patrol staff and volunteers to provide basic information on the lesbian, gay and bisexual older adult communities.

September 2014

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Providing Services to Transgender Older Adults: Tips for SMP Staff and Volunteers

This tip sheet, developed by SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and FORGE Transgender Aging Network, is intended for SMP staff and volunteers to provide basic information on working with transgender older adults.

September 2014 | SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), FORGE Transgender Aging Network

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Transgender Older Adults & Medicare Fraud Prevention

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and FORGE Transgender Aging Network developed this handout to be given out to transgender older adults as part of the Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer program. It provides information about specific issues related to Medicare fraud protection and the transgender community.

September 2014 | SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), FORGE Transgender Aging Network

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Medicare and Transgender-Related Care

On May 30, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Department Appeals Board (DAB), an independent federal appeals board, ruled that Medicare must cover medically necessary care for individuals with gender dysphoria, just as it covers medically necessary care for those with other medical conditions.

June 2014 | Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Relations, SAGE

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LGBT Older Adults, HIV and the Affordable Care Act

This Issue Brief looks at HIV and aging among LGBT older people and what the ACA has done to support this population. Additionally, this brief offers information to help people with HIV understand their new health options and to support their overall health and wellness.

May 2014 | SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

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Medicare And Transgender People

This fact sheet outlines the coverage now provided to transgender people under Medicare, as of May 2014.

May 2014 | National Center for Transgender Equality

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Guide to Benefits Programs for Seniors

This guide is designed to help seniors and their caregivers learn about benefit programs that are available to assist seniors in meeting their costs of daily living.

April 2014 | National Council on Aging and n4a

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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: LGBT seniors and Social Security benefits

Karen Loewy, Senior Attorney for Lambda Legal, answers questions about the state of Social Security benefits for LGB and T couples, as of February 19, 2014.

February 2014 | Karen Loewy, Lambda Legal

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LGBT Health, Racial Disparities and Aging by the Numbers

This infographic shows LGBT health, racial disparities and aging by the numbers.

February 2014 | SAGE and the Diverse Elders Coalition

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Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Post DOMA

This December 2013 webinar looks at the implications of the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act on benefits for same-sex couples.

December 2013

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Optimizing LGBT Health Under the Affordable Care Act: Strategies for Health Centers

This brief explains how the Affordable Care Act will benefit LGBT Americans, particularly through better data collection, stronger nondiscrimination policies, a new essential health benefits standard and other insurance reforms, and coverage expansions.

November 2013 | National LGBT Health Education Center; Center for American Progress

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Why New Health Coverage Options Matter to Me

This flyer delineates three easy steps to obtain health insurance under the ACA. It also indicates how LGBT older people will benefit from the ACA.

September 2013 | Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

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Shining a Light on Medicare: Demystifying Medicare for the Elder LGBT Community

*Updated* Medicare is the nation’s health insurance program offered to senior Americans (65 years or older) receiving Social Security (typically, retired workers). This article examines some Medicare basics as well as particular challenges in access for the LGBT community.

August 2013 | Laurens G. Van Sluytman, PhD, MA, LCSW

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How Medicare is Affected by the Overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

This fact sheet briefly describes how your access to Medicare may be affected if you are in a legal marriage, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013.

June 2013 | The Medicare Rights Center

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After DOMA: What it Means for You - Medicare Spousal Protections

This publication from a number of LGBT legal and advocacy groups addresses the spousal protections of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older, as well as for certain younger people with disabilities.

June 2013 | National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Living Outside the Safety Net: LGBT Families and Social Security

This publication highlights the lack of full Social Security benefits that are created by lack of relationship and family recognition.

February 2013 | Human Rights Campaign, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation

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Natalie Chin from Lambda Legal Talks About Hospital Visitation Directives

Natalie Chin from Lambda Legal Talks About Hospital Visitation Directives

November 2012 | Natalie Chin, Lambda Legal, SAGE and The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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Natalie Chin from Lambda Legal Talks About Health Care Proxies & Living Wills

Natalie Chin from Lambda Legal Talks About Health Care Proxies & Living Wills

November 2012 | Natalie Chin, Lambda Legal, SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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Health and Psychosocial Needs of LGBT Older Adults

This research study provides one of the most comprehensive descriptions of the health, well?being and social context of LGBT older adults.

November 2012 | Mark Brennan-Ing PhD, Stephen E. Karpiak PhD, and Liz Seidel MSW, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA)

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Improving the Health Care of LGBT People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

This document, produced by the National LGBT Health Education Center, offers a brief overview of the major issues relevant to the health and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

October 2012 | Kevin L Ard, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvey J Makadon, MD, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute

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GLBT Seniors Advocacy Project

The GLBT Seniors Advocacy Project of San Francisco presents its mission, services provided and contact information.

October 2012 | Bay Area Legal Aid

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One-Sheet: Social Security Benefits and DOMA

This document, written prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June 2013 overturning Section 3 of DOMA, summarized how to preserve seniors' rights to Social Security benefits.

October 2012 | GLAD Equal Justice Under the Law

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Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Can I do Anything Now to Preserve My Rights?

This document summarizes how to preserve seniors' rights to Social Security benefits until the day the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is gone.

October 2012 | GLAD Equal Justice Under the Law

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Federal Update: ACA and Gender Discrimination

This news update describes the clarification that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Law, bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotyping, which may include discrimination based on sexual orientation.

September 2012 | Aaron Tax, SAGE

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Health Care Rights and Transgender People

This document outlines the health care rights of transgender people and how to file complaints of health care discrimination.

August 2012 | National Center for Transgender Equality

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Giving Someone a Power of Attorney For Your Health Care

This guide, with an easy to use legal form for all adults, is prepared by the American Bar Association.

June 2012 | Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans: The top five things you kneed to know about the Affordable Care Act

This fact sheet discusses the top five things that one should know about the Affordable Care Act, a health care law signed into law in March 2010.

May 2012 | Healthcare.gov

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Growing Older and Being Trans

Hawk Stone discusses a series of issues that significantly affect the well-being of older trans people, taking into account not just aging, but long-term effects of transition, coming out as trans in a relative vacuum of peers and resources, and the psychological ramifications of a medical emergency outing someone who’s lived in a community for years where no one knows he or she is transgender.

May 2012 | Justin Cascio, TransHealth

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Hospital to Home: Plan for a Smooth Transition

This publication is designed to address the often unexpected challenges many seniors face when returning home from a hospital stay. Failure to manage medications, make follow-up doctor's appointments, and obtain the physical assistance they need can often lead to seniors' readmission to the hospital.

January 2012 | U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

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Revised Appendix A, Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, and Appendix W, Interpretive Guidelines for Critical Access Hospitals

This publication includes the hospital guidelines as mandated by the Department of Health & Human Services regarding hospital visitations and designation of a health care representative pertinent to the LGBT population.

December 2011 | Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Una guía para conocer sus derechos diseñada para las personas lesbianas, gay, bisexual y transgénera

Esta publicación está diseñada para informar a los adultos mayores LGBT de los diversos servicios y beneficios disponibles, incluyendo proveedores de vivienda y servicios que simpatizan con las personas LGBT y beneficios para las personas con discapacidades.

December 2011 | National Center for Lesbian Rights; Lavender Seniors of the East Bay; Transgender Law Center; Openhouse; Planning for Elders

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Key Legal Issues Faced by Older LGBT Adults

The legal issues discussed in this article are exclusive to the LGBT population and are issues that their heterosexual, non-transgender counterparts do not have to face. (Note: some of these issues may have been impacted by the US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA in June 2013.)

November 2011 | David Godfrey

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Executive Summary: The Health Report: Resilience and Disparities among LGBT Older Adults

This is an executive summary of the full report.

November 2011 | Karen Fredericksen-Goldsen, Hyun-Jun Kim, and Jayn Goldsen

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Q&A with Hutson W. Inniss of the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Hutson Inniss, Executive Director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health, talks about the Coalition’s work, LGBT older adults’ health, and HIV/AIDS.

September 2011 | Hutson Inniss, Executive Director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health

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Helena Bushong: In Her Own Words

Helena Bushong, a 60-year-old trans woman who lives with HIV, tells us her story.

September 2011 | Helena Bushong

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As HIV Turns 30, Attention Turns to an Aging Epidemic

Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), offers his thoughts on 30 years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and meeting the needs of older people living with HIV.

June 2011 | Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

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Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) promotes the health and well-being of older adults by building on individual, family, and community strengths.

June 2011

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Senior and Disability Services

The mission of the Alaska Commission on Aging is to ensure dignity and independence for Alaska’s seniors and to assist them through programs and services, funded by the Commission, to lead useful and meaningful lives.

June 2011

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South Dakota Department of Long Term Services and Supports

The mission of the Division of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is "To provide opportunities to enable older South Dakotans and adults who are disabled to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives while maintaining close family and community ties by promoting long term services and supports to prevent or delay premature or inappropriate institutionalization."

June 2011

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Medicaid and the LGBT Community: Paying for Long-Term Care

The eligibility rules for Medicaid are complicated, and can contain traps for the unwary. This article provides an overview of the rules that apply to those in the LGBT community who might need Medicaid, particularly those who might need long-term care in a nursing home. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

June 2011 | Arlene Zarembka

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LGBT Long-Term Care Issues

LGBT elders in long-term care facilities (along with their families and friends) need to know their rights and the red flags of mistreatment. The aim of this article is to give the current state of affairs, outline some forms of discrimination that LGBT elders face in nursing homes, and discuss some ways we can fight this mistreatment.

June 2011 | Daniel Redman

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Integrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults into Aging Policy and Practice

The National Academy on an Aging Society teamed up with SAGE to publish this edition of the Public Policy and Aging Report discussing a number of different policy areas as they relate to LGBT aging.

June 2011 | National Academy on an Aging Society; SAGE

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Asuntos del Cuidado a Largo Plazo Para Personas LGBT

Las personas lesbianas, gay, bisexuales y transgénero (LGBT) de más edad que viven en centros de cuidado a largo plazo (y sus familiares y amigos) deben conocer sus derechos y las señales del maltrato. Este artículo delinea los tipos de discriminación a los que pueden estar sujetos las personas LGBT de más edad en centros de envejecientes, como también varias maneras de atacar el problema.

June 2011 | Daniel Redman

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El Medicaid y la Comunidad LGBT: Cómo Pagar por el Cuidado a Largo Plazo

Las reglas de elegibilidad para el Medicaid son complicadas y pueden resultar problemáticas para quienes no están bien informados. Este artículo ofrece un panorama general sobre las reglas que aplican a las personas LGBT que podrían necesitar Medicaid, particularmente aquéllas que podrían necesitar cuidado a largo plazo en un hogar de envejecientes. Las reglas de Medicaid son bastante distintas para personas individuales y para las parejas del mismo sexo que para las parejas heterosexuales casadas.

June 2011 | Arlene Zarembka

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Veterans Health Administration Transgender Healthcare Directive

Q & A by National Center for Transgender Equality explaining the transgender healthcare directive issued by the Veterans Health Administration.

June 2011 | National Center for Transgender Equality

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How Health Care Reform Will Help LGBT Elders

This article, written by Kellen Baker and Jeff Krehely (Center for American Progress), examines how health care reform will help LGBT older adults.

May 2011 | Kellen Baker and Jeff Krehely

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Video: LGBT Older Adults & Social Security

This video, created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, was a primer on Social Security disparities between LGBT adults and their heterosexual counterparts.

May 2011 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and The Movement Advancement Project

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Lifelines: Documents to Protect Your Family

This publication contains information about essential documents that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of illness, disability, or death. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

May 2011 | National Center for Lesbian Rights

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National LGBT Aging Roundtable: Social Security and its Importance to the LGBT Aging Community

A fact sheet published by the National LGBT Aging Roundtable discussing why the LGBT population should care about Social Security. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

April 2011 | National LGBT Aging Roundtable

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REALIDADES DEL CUIDADO A LARGO PLAZO

Lo que los cuidadores necesitan saber sobre el cuidado a largo plazo, desde quién lo ofrece hasta lo que cuesta.

April 2011

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Mesa Redonda Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento de las Personas LGBT: El Seguro Social y Su Importancia Para la Comunidad LGBT Envejeciente

Publicación de la Mesa Redonda Nacional del Consejo LGBT de Personas de Edad Avanzada acerca del Seguro Social y la comunidad LGBT.

April 2011 | National LGBT Aging Roundtable

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Long-Term Care Facts

What caregivers need to know about long-term care, from who provides it to how much it costs.

April 2011

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The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California

This policy research brief documents the health inequties in LGB adults compared to heterosexual adults in California.

March 2011 | UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

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Injustice at Every Turn: Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Study released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) about the level of discrimination against the transgender population.

February 2011 | The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

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Healthcare Equality Index 2011

The Healthcare Equality Index is an annual survey of healthcare policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families. This report details the results of the 2011 survey, outlining the information provided by 87 survey respondents.

January 2011 | Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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LGBT Older Adults and Exclusion from Aging Programs and Services

This brief details LGBT older adults' reluctance to access mainstream aging service providers and programs, which can increase their sense of social isolation, as well as the delay in seeking medical treatment, ultimately impacting their mental and physical health. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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LGBT Older Adults: Facing Legal Barriers to Taking Care of Loved Ones

This brief discusses the exclusions LGBT people face in caregiving laws, such as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and the barriers they may face when visiting a partner or making end-of-life or medical decisions. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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LGBT Older Adults: Falling Through the Safety Net

This brief documents the unequal treatment LGBT older adults face under three key aspects to successful aging: financial security, good health and health care, and community engagement. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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LGBT Older Adults and Health Disparities

This brief documents the health disparities LGBT older adults face: health care insurance, access to health care, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and chronic conditions, which often results in delayed health care and overall poorer health.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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LGBT Older Adults and Long-Term Care Under Medicaid

This brief focuses on Medicaid—the largest payer of long-term care in the US—and how spousal impoverishment protections and spend-down exemptions exclude LGBT couples or families of choice, often leaving the partner of the Medicaid recipient financially bereft. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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LGBT Older Adults and Social Security

This brief details how LGBT adults' ineligibility for Social Security spousal benefits, survivor benefits, and death benefits significantly reduces retirement income, up to 32 percent less than their heterosexual counterparts. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

September 2010 | Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

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Gay and Lesbian Elders: Estate Planning and End-of-Life Decision Making

This one-click download through SSRN will take you to a law review article discussing estate planning for gay and lesbian elders.

August 2010 | Nancy J. Knauer

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Snapshot Report: Advancing Transgender Equality

In this publication, the Movement Advancement Project discusses the barriers to equality and challenges the transgender population faces. The four major categories covered are: physical and mental health, safety and physical security, legal documentation and relationships, and employment and self-sufficiency.

August 2009 | Movement Advancement Project

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Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders

Provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over. Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.

June 2009 | National Center for Lesbian Rights, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

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HIV Risk for Lesbians, Bisexuals & Other Women Who Have Sex With Women

This 22-page publication by the Women's Institute's at GMHC discusses the risks associated with HIV transmission amongst women who have sex with women.

June 2009 | Women's Institute at GMHC

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Medicaid and HIV/AIDS

A 2-page fact sheet describing Medicaid eligibility and HIV/AIDS.

February 2009 | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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Medicare and HIV/AIDS

A 2-page fact sheet describing Medicare eligibility and HIV/AIDS.

February 2009 | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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LGBT Health and Human Services Needs and New York State

This assessment of LGBT Health and Human Service Needs in New York State was designed to examine existing data sources, identify gaps in data and collect original data in order to establish the most pressing needs and gaps for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) non-HIV health and human services in New York State.

January 2009 | Report prepared by Somjen Frazer for the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation and the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Network

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Looking Ahead: Philadelphia's Aging Population in 2015

This publication discusses Philadelphia’s aging population by the year 2015 and beyond, drawn from comprehensive data analysis and research commissioned by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. The picture that emerges is of an increasingly diverse older population – ethnically, racially, economically and in terms of lifestyle, health and well-being.

January 2006 | Philadelphia Corporation on Aging

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