Enhancing health, wellness and community for older LGBT adults

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

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“About 2.4 million adults 65 and older currently identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)1 in the United States, and that population is expected to grow significantly in coming years, along with the entire older-adult population. Other nations will likewise see increased numbers of older LGBT adults as the Boomers age. While these individuals face the same issues as many others who are aging—social isolation, loneliness, housing affordability, and ageism—research shows they have additional concerns that can take a toll on health and wellness.”

This article provides a look at the unique needs of older LGBT people and how communities are responding to these needs. Topics discussed include housing, social supports, dementia and more.