Organization Provides Online Support for LGBT Seniors
By Bernard A. Krooks
Seniors from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community encounter a unique set of challenges as they age. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has established an Internet-based resource center to address these challenges.
The organization was founded by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the oldest service and advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors, with a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and funding from a variety of other organizations. It is the country’s first and only technical resource center that aims to improve the quality of services provided to LGBT seniors. There is an entire website for the Center (separate from SAGE’s site), www.lgbtagingcenter.org.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 strengthened services offered to seniors across the nation and established the Administration on Aging to direct funding and programs to serve populations with the greatest needs. The Administration has advocated for Hispanic/Latino and African American communities in the past, and has now focused on the LGBT community.
The site seeks to tackle common issues among LGBT seniors such as the financial inequalities that arise from the federal and state governments’ willingness to recognize same-sex marriage and discrimination in senior housing.
A Movement Advancement Project report found in 2010 that LGBT seniors are more likely to be poor and isolated. This phenomenon is expected to increase as the population of America aged 65 or older grows between 12 to 20 percent in the next 25 years. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging hopes to mitigate and reverse the amount of poor and isolated LGBT seniors as the population ages.
Seniors who are members of the LGBT community can also contact an experienced New York estate planning attorney to plan their finances for the future.
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