An Intersectional Approach to Services and Care for LGBT Older Adults

August 2016 | Michael Adams SAGE, CEO Published by Generations - Journal of the American Society on Aging

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“Addressing the invisibility of LGBT aging concerns requires a multi-faceted approach that takes into account the heterogeneity of LGBT elders’ experience. ”

A one-dimensional analysis of LGBT aging has increased attention to LGBT elder needs. But many elders’ lives are shaped not just by being LGBT, but also by race, gender, and other social conditions. The time has come for an intersectional approach that takes into full account all of these life experiences. This approach will prove invaluable to practitioners committed to working effectively with vulnerable older adults. It also will fuel policy progress by supporting shared agendas and  advocacy based on the intersecting interests of diverse elder communities.