Aging as a member of the LGBTQ community
Aging brings a lot of concerns for many people, and for older LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) adults, these concerns can be even more magnified. Older members of the LGBTQ community are less likely to have adult children to help care for them, and there’s also the fear of having to go back into the closet at a nursing home or hospital.
According to the latest report from AARP Illinois and SAGE, more than 60 percent of LGBTQ adults fear neglect, abuse or discrimination because of their identity when accessing long-term care. We spoke to the coordinator of a social group for older LGBTQ folks, the director of Advocacy and Outreach of AARP Illinois, and an educator who teaches healthcare providers about elder LGBTQ experiences about that report.
This segment originally aired October 21, 2021.
Aging UP, Uniting Pride
Educates Healthcare providers at University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Chicago about the LGBTQ elder experience
Director of Advocacy & Outreach, AARP Illinois
Prepared for web by Owen Henderson
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