Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Aging Resources
According to a recent census report, 99.3% of counties in the U.S. are home to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Older adults in this group confront the same issues anyone does when choosing aging services: where to live as they age; how to meet rising housing, health care and medication costs; and how to stay connected to community, family and friends.
Experts predict that as many as 4.7 million LGBT older adults will be seeking care and services by the year 2030. As not-for-profit aging services providers it is our imperative to create safe and welcoming environments and implement supportive policies and procedures that make it clear that the organization as a whole is welcoming and inclusive of LGBT residents, their family members, in addition to staff.
On September 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a rule specifying that the current prohibition on sex discrimination in the provision of health services includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The agency is accepting public comment on the rule through November 6, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults, a free learning tool created to address the needs and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults in long-term care (LTC).
In this 13-minute educational video, Tim R. Johnston, manager of education and training with SAGE, discusses the terms and historical context for why LGBT inclusion is important as well as best practices, training opportunities and resources so that LeadingAge members can create an inclusive environment for their residents, clients, participants and staff.
The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research is consulting on a project to create a Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI) for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older Americans.
April is Fair Housing Month. Check out a number of recent articles highlighting issues and developments in the area of LGBT, including the creation of a new listserv on the topic.