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CONCLUSION Growing older in the United States is filled with uncertainty. The costs of medical care, long-term care, and housing continue to rise. Meanwhile, conservative legislators are attacking the very programs that provide the building blocks for substantial aging, programs like Social Security and Medicaid.

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For LGBT elders, there are added challenges that make aging more fraught. Years of employment discrimination can result in lower retirement savings and Social Security income. LGBT elders face substantial discrimination in housing, when accessing medical care, and in aging-specific programs and services. With fewer connections to families of origin, LGBT elders may be at increased risk for social isolation. As detailed in this report, without strong economic security, access to competent affirming healthcare, and social support, LGBT elders face more challenges when aging.

CONCLUSION

LGBT older adults have been on the forefront of the fight for equality and fairness. And they have a right to empowerment and support as they age. LGBT elders and their advocates are working on the federal, state, and local level in government, in agencies, and in communities to remove the structural and societal barriers to successful aging. This report is a resource for LGBT older adults and their advocates—an illustration of the disparities and a clear roadmap for change.

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Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults  

Co-authored with the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), this report aims to increase awareness of the diverse needs of lesbian, gay, bisexu...

Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults  

Co-authored with the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), this report aims to increase awareness of the diverse needs of lesbian, gay, bisexu...

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