Like other seniors, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders face a number of challenges as they age. However, they also face special challenges or barriers as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity/gender expression as they get older including remaining in the “closet,” depression, a lack of supportive families of origin, access to adequate and appropriate health care, affordable housing, and other social services. Notably, many LGBT elders do not feel welcomed in the younger LGBT community.
MPIPP FACT SHEETS
MPIPP has developed this fact sheet on the mental health impact of a lifetime of stigma and discrimination on older LGBT people. MPIPP fact sheets generally contain key points of representative research that is cited on the second page.
RESEARCH & REPORTS/SURVEYS
Although limited compared to other LGBT research issues, this is an area of increasing inquiry as the population ages and LGBT issues become more prominent and resiliency factors are examined. The research shown is generally representative of a larger body of peer-reviewed research. Please note that not all individuals or families are affected in the same way. Also, most of the reports shown here also have extensive bibliographical references that can be reviewed for a more complete analysis of this topic.
- The Aging and Health Report – Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults. This 2011 survey report contains one of the largest surveys of older LGBT populations in terms of their mental and physical health. Available online at: http://caringandaging.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Full-report10-25-12.pdf
A supplementary fact sheet containing the key findings of this report is available at: https://depts.washington.edu/agepride/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/factsheet-keyfindings10-25-12.pdf
- Research Brief: Mistreatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT Elders). Available from the National Center for Elder Abuse, this brief summarizes key findings of several areas of research. Available online at: http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/ResearchBrief_LGBT_Elders_508web.pdf
RESOURCES & HELPFUL LINKS
This list of resources and organizations (in no particular order) is designed to enable our website readers to find other information on the topic being described. Many of the organizations listed here also have resource guides and information available on this topic. MPIPP does not recommend nor endorse organizations by providing helpful links nor can we list programs or projects of political parties. If you are aware of other resources and links that are non-partisan and appropriate, please use the “contact us” page to send the link for consideration.
- LGBT Older Adult Coalition: This collaborative effort, established in 2010, includes of a number of different organizations in Southeast Michigan. It is hosted by the Michigan ACLU and funded by a grant from the HOPE fund. Website: http://lgbtolderadults.com/about/
- Administration on Aging, US Department of Health and Human Services. This link provides resources for public policy development as well as diversity and cultural competency for the treatment of older LGBT individuals. Available online at: http://www.aoa.gov/AoA_programs/Tools_Resources/diversity.aspx#LGBT
- Care and Aging with Pride. This website is a collaboration between 11 LGBT community aging agencies around the nation (see Community Partners page) and the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington. The project is funded through a major federal grant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Website address: http://caringandaging.org
- Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults. This booklet, available from the Movement Advancement Project, describes the challenges faced by LGBT elders and also highlights actions that can be taken. Available online at: http://www.lgbtmap.org/policy-and-issue-analysis/improving-the-lives-of-lgbt-older-adults
- Challenges Facing LGBT Elders. This webpage of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force describes the impact of discrimination in health care, government services and benefits, and policies. Also, the Research and Reports section at the top of the page contains specific research on LGBT aging issues. For more information, go to: http://thetaskforce.org/issues/aging/challenges
- Services and Advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE). This organization provides resources and more detailed information on discriminatory policies and practices. Available online at: http://www.sageusa.org
- LGBT Aging Project. This website, a project of SAGE and funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2010, provides resources and technical information for LGBT older adults, their caregivers, and LGBT Centers. For more information: http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/about/index.cfm