LGBT Aging Issues and Resources | LGBTQIA Resources
LGBT aging issues include concerns about how 50+ gay baby boomers (gay boomers) and LGBT elders are or will be treated when they seek services for a variety of needs in their communities. The older LGBTQIA community will need health care providers, hospitals, and other community-based services that are sensitive to and trained to work with and offer services to an LGBT aging population.
We all will eventually face concerns about changes in our physical, social and emotional health. The LGBT community faces significant fear of discrimination, homophobia, abuse from caregivers and poor quality service. We all deserve to age with dignity when we seek housing, long-term care and assisted living facilities ALF and community-based care.
Here find many resources that address and help you with LGBT aging issues. We will be adding more resources as we find them (and please contact us if you have resources that would be of assistance to others).
The Human Rights Campaign lists health care facilities that its HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX . ” The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is a unique and invaluable resource for healthcare organizations seeking to provide equitable, inclusive care to LGBT Americans—and for LGBT Americans seeking healthcare organizations with a demonstrated commitment to their care.” You can see a list of organizations for 2012 HEI 2012 Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.
Healthcare organizations are warmly invited to participate in the HEI 2013 .
Need a LGBT medical provider? The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is the world’s largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care professionals.
The National Reource on LGBT Aging website below has several different resources such as the following:
Good training, good care –Article on the importance and need for LGBT training for aging services providers
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.
SAGEUSA.org – National Resource on LGBT Aging – SAGE is Services, Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders
There are many organizations providing research and resources to help with LGBT aging issues. We will be adding more resources as they become available and welcome any input that will help the community.