LGBT and the Older Population

Experts estimate that between 1.75 and 4 million Americans ages 60 and over are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Existing research suggests that older LGBT adults are satisfied with their lives but many face discrimination based on their sexual orientation as well as their age.

SAGE is a non-profit agency that has been addressing the needs of LGBT elders for over 30 years. SAGE works with LGBT elders to address and overcome the challenges of discrimination in senior service settings, while also being an essential component in the creation of informal caregiving support, and development of new "family" networks. (

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Excellent Webistes to visit:
American Psychological Association: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging:
SAGE - Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders:
Informative Articles:
Why Aging and Caregiving Are Harder for LGBT Adults:

Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Seniors in Assisted Living:

LGBT seniors face special challenges in retirement:

Do LGBT seniors have special caregiving issues?: 

3 Things to Create a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Elders: 

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