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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................................1 WHO ARE LGBT ELDERS? .................................................................................................................1 LGBT Elders Are Remarkably Resilient...................................................................................................................... 5 KEY CHALLENGES TO SUCCESSFUL AGING FOR LGBT ELDERS.....................................................6 A Lifetime of Discrimination and Lack of Legal & Social Recognition Can Lead to Economic Insecurity.................................................................................................................................................. 6 LGBT Older Adults Faced Decades of Compounding Legal and Social Discrimination............................................6 The Result: Poverty and Economic Insecurity ................................................................................................................10 Recommendations....................................................................................................................................................................10

A Reliance on Chosen Family May Lead to Dwindling Support Networks................................................... 11 LGBT Older Adults Are Less Likely to Rely on Informal Support Networks...........................................................12 The Result: Social Isolation.....................................................................................................................................................14 Recommendations....................................................................................................................................................................14

A Lack of Competent, Inclusive Healthcare Can Result in Poorer Health Outcomes................................. 15 LGBT Older Adults May Have Difficulty Navigating Complex Healthcare Programs.........................................15 The Result: Poorer Mental and Physical Health .............................................................................................................19 Recommendations....................................................................................................................................................................21

CONCLUSION.....................................................................................................................................23 ENDNOTES.........................................................................................................................................24

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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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