National Resource Center Provides Training on LGBT Aging

On August 23rd selected ADRC of Eagle Country staff,  two Governing Board Members and some local providers attended a four (4) hour workshop on Improving the Quality of Services and Supports Offered to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender)  Older Adults. It was led by trainers from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

Workshop Goals:  The overall goal of  was to support participants  in learning which individual and organization practices need to be created, changed, or emphasized in order to improve and expand the  services provided to older adults who are LGBT.

The trainers supported us in:

  • Learning about the culture, needs, and concerns of LGBT older adults
  • Considering why LGBT older adults are least likely to access health and social services
  • Identifying best practices for helping LGBT older adults feel more included in our organization
  • Providing tools and education to better serve the LGBT older adults who are currently accessing our services, or in need of our services.

Statistics about LGBT Older Adults

We don’t have any LGBT older adults amongst our constituents.” Or do we…?

  • By best estimates, in 2010 there were between 1.6 and 2.4 million gay and lesbian elders in the United States.
  • By 2030 this number is projected to increase to 2.88 to 4.32 million gay and lesbian elders.
  • Every state has self-identified LGBT citizens, ranging from 1.7% of the population in North Dakota to 10% of the District of Columbia.
  • One in ten of those couples include a person 65 or older.  This number is increasing as the baby boomers age.
  • According to “Outing Age,” by 2030 there will be as many as 7 million LGBT older adults in the United States.
  • By 2015, 50% of HIV infected individuals in the U.S. are likely to be 50 and older.
  • 14% of LGBT households have at least one veteran, compared to 11% in heterosexual households.
  • Of the 92.6% of the LGBT older adults 75 or older living in the community only 19% report any involvement with their local senior center.

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The ADRC of Eagle Country strives to accommodate every person that crosses our threshold.  We recognize and value the unique qualities and experience of each person, and provide unbiased services to all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations and religions.

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