AARP recently published an article entitled “Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older” by Angela Houghton, which surveyed 1762 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans. The trend in America today is to age-in-place within the community, but the sur-vey found that 75% of LGBT respondents have concerns about having enough support from family and friends as they age, and that many of these people are worried that they will need to seek treat-ment in a long-term care facility. While these same anxieties exist among all alder Americans, the LGBT community has the added concern of potential discrimination based on their sexual orienta-tion or gender identity in health care and long-term care as they age, and the respondents indicated a preference for specific LGBT services for older adults.
Citation: Houghton, Angela. Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans. Washington, D.C.: AARP Research, March, 2018. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00217.001