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January 19, 2017

A Place For Us, Cleveland’s New LGBT Friendly Retirement Community

Outlook Ohio Magazine
By Sid Vicious
A new LGBT-friendly retirement community opened in Northeast Ohio after two decades of planning.  This may not seem like an issue that many of us consider, however, according to Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), many seniors moving into retirement communities that are either ill-equipped or not friendly toward the GLBT community. 

Key findings in a GLBT wellness report,

  • Profound concerns about aging, including physical decline, remaining independent, loneliness in older age, and the loss of support systems and physical attractiveness;
  • A fear of judgment and inferior care from healthcare providers, with many LGBT older people not disclosing their sexual orientations or gender identities to their providers;
  • Financial insecurity in retirement years, including a fear of cuts in essential government programs, concerns that one’s savings will run;
  • Smaller support systems over time, including high numbers of LGBT older people living single, alone and fearing discrimination in housing and long-term care settings…

According to NewsNet5, the 55-unit apartment complex on the Cleveland-Lakewood border is geared toward members of the aging LGBT community which often deals with poverty issues, mainly among Lesbians. 

The facility provides a number of services geared toward its Gay and Lesbian residents.

  • Smoke-free community
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Elevator Friendly
  • Laundry Room on Every Floor
  • Meditation Room
  • Health & Wellness Suite
  • Library
  • Lush Garden Terrace
  • Controlled Access Building
  • Pet friendly
  • Planned Resident Activities
  • Resident Lounge
  • Community Room with Kitchenette
  • Counselling/Conference Room

Read the original article online here.

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