A new study released by UCLA-based Williams Institute shows some startling issues faced by LGBTQ older adults, a population which is set to reach over 4 Million by 2030.
“The needs of older LGBT adults are quite different than those of the non-LGBT population. LGBT older adults are sometimes apprehensive of how they’ll be treated by healthcare providers or in senior care facilities,” Ilan H Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, said in the study’s release. “We need to ensure that LGBT seniors will receive sensitive and effective care wherever they go for care.”
Broad findings include:
-Older lesbians, bisexual, and gay men have higher prevalences of mental health problems, disability, and disease and physical limitations than older heterosexual people
-Transgender older adults are also at higher risk for poor physical health, disability, and depressive symptoms compared to cisgender adults
-Resilient LGBT older adults may find support through chosen families and informal support networks such as LGBT community organizations and gay-affirmative religious networks
-LGBT older adults need to be recognized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) as a “greatest social need” group, opening up important funding avenues to prioritize services for this group
-Anti-discrimination legislation and expanding the definition of family to include families of choice are among policies that could improve sensitivity to LGBT elders
-Effective culturally sensitive training for service providers could help improve the experience of LGBT elders with health care providers, alleviating expectations of discrimination that cause delay in seeking care
The study was commissioned after a submission as part of the Williams Institute’s Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL is considering new guidelines for targeting resources to older Americans who have the greatest social and economic need and this study found LGBTQ aging adults are some of the most in need of support.
This Sunday, a unique chance to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act will affect older members of the LGBT community will be available at the GCCR. Here’s some more info via the events Facebook page: Join SAGE Central Virginia for our October Community Conversation on Sunday, October 20 from 2 to 4 pm for a [...]
October 18, 2013
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