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

June 2011 | National Academy on an Aging Society; SAGE

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“"Fostering inclusion and eliminating disparities are ascendant concepts in contemporary health and social policy, and we hope these articles addressing policy concerns of the LGBT community further such efforts."”

The National Academy on an Aging Society teamed up with SAGE to publish this edition of the Public Policy and Aging Report. There are a number of articles, with topics including the absence of research devoted to LGBT populations; the higher economic, health, and social risk profile of these individuals; the absence of public policies directed to their specific concerns; the failure of existing broad-based aging policies to incorporate LGBT needs and interests; the lack of cultural competency training among services personnel; the failure of public agencies to address bias-based victimization suffered by LGBT communities; the stealth realization that half of Americans living with HIV will be over the age of 50 by 2015; and the void in the gerontological literature speaking to diversity within the LGBT population.