LGBT Elders

Inclusiveness in the Aging Community

LGBT Elders

Alpine Area Agency on Aging is committed to meeting the unique needs of LGBT individuals as they age with dignity and inclusiveness. As an inclusive organization Alpine Area Agency on Aging is here for All seniors.  It would be our pleasure to hear your story, and assist you in finding the best solutions to your needs.

We understand that the needs of an individual who identifies as LGBT faces some unique barriers when navigating the Aging landscape.  We also understand that the need for specific LGBT Aging Supports is growing at an exponential rate.  It is estimated that 1.5 million american age 60+ identify as LGBT and that number is estimated to grow to 3 million individuals by the year 2030.

The LGBT aging population faces an array of unique challenges when it come so aging.  First and foremost is the fact that many LGBT elders have fewer family supports than their non-LGBT peers.  Many have a history or being estranged from family because of their gender status, fewer LGBT individuals have children. This often leaves LGBT elders having to leave their home to receive the supports they need.  Yet, a recent national survey of LGBT older adults in long-term care facilities found that only 22% of respondents felt they could be open about their LGBT identities with facility staff, 89% predicted that staff would discriminate based on their sexual orientations and/or gender identities, and 43% reported instances of mistreatment. – See more at: http://www.sageusa.org

It is our wish to assist you in gaining the supports and services you need to age successfully, with dignity, and on your terms.

Options Counseling is a person-centered process where individuals, family members, and caregivers are supported to develop a plan for addressing long-term services and supports needs that aligns with their preferences, strengths, values, and needs.  Options Counselors are available to assist in developing a person-centered plan; appointments can be conducted at the office, in-home, or by phone.

To schedule an appointment please contact Amanda at 970-468-0295

Many LGBT individuals experience health disparities throughout their lives. While health issues in anyone’s younger years may lead to the need for long-term care later in life, limited research shows that often these health disparities  have a major impact on some LGBT individuals. These disparities can and should be taken into account when planning for future long-term care needs. Below is a list of disparities and the potential impact on LGBT individuals.

According to current research LGBT Adults are:

  • Less likely to have health insurance coverage
  • More likely to delay or not seek medical care
  • Facing barriers to access as older adults due to isolation and a lack of culturally competent providers. One study found 13% of older LGBT adults were denied or provided inferior health care.
  • More likely to delay or not get needed prescription medications
  • More likely to receive health care services in emergency rooms
  • Fail to receive screenings, diagnoses and treatment for important medical problems. 22% of LGBT older adults do not reveal sexual orientation to physicians. In some states health care providers can decline to treat or provide certain necessary treatments to individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Particularly distressed in nursing homes. One study indicates elderly LGBT adults face distress from potentially, experience denial of visits from partners and family of choice, and refusal to allow same-sex partners to room together.

Listed below are a number of useful resources, as well as the reports where much of the information in this section was obtained.

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