LGBTQ Older Adults

Because they grew up and came of age in a time when their rights and safety were not protected and discrimination was even sanctioned by society and the government; LGBT older people on average are more likely to live in poverty and have deferred healthcare issues, and less likely to have an established support system. Many remain traumatized by the oppression they experienced over several decades. And so, despite some facilities and healthcare settings being inherently welcoming, LGBT seniors will likely remain hidden and feel some level of anxiety unless they see and hear overt signs indicating that they are safe.

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