LGBT Aging Resources
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults are often invisible to mainstream elder service providers.
As a result, LGBT older adults often avoid seeking needed services out of fear of discrimination. The tendency for LGBT older adults to go "back in the closet" is particularly pronounced in situations where they are most vulnerable, including accessing home health care or residing in assisted living or residential care facilities.
With LGBT older adults twice as likely to live alone than heterosexual older adults and more than four times as likely to have no children, the informal caregiving support we assume is in place for older adults may not be there for LGBT older adults.
LGBT Aging Project
The LGBT Aging Project is a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults have access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services, and institutions available in the community.
Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC
Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC was one of the pioneers in estate planning for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. After developing experience working with their own clients, attorneys Horowitz and Wade founded the first legal practice section of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association for attorneys seeking to specialize in the area of LGBT legal planning.
Guardianship from Jewish Family & Children's Service
JF&CS Guardianship provides services to older adults no longer legally competent to make decisions regarding their health and welfare. For members of the LGBT community without family members to assume this responsibility, JF&CS Guardianship can be a sensitive, appropriate resource, including both private and state-funded guardianship and conservatorship.
Gen Silent is a documentary film that not only sheds light on the unique issues facing LGBT older people, it also brings together professionals, activists and care partners to start creating community solutions.
SAGE Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender older adults.
LGBT Aging: A Question of Identity
An article by SAGE Executive Director, Michael Adams, and Patrick Abatiell in the latest issue of The Gerontologist.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance, and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations, and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.