Meeting the Needs of the Aging LGBT Community

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The average daily existence an LGBT older person, if we look just current demographical people is somebody who has small support system, has probably encounter discrimination in his entire life, is probably in a situation where they are encountering some form of bias discrimination with the profession around them.

And I am going to try to figure out what it means to live a quality life in your final chapters. List of shows that the LGBT older people are twice as likely to be single, twice as likely to live alone, and four times as likely to be without children. And so in most instances long term caring is contious provided by biological family with those support system something on the LGT older people many of them are strange and biological families.

So, means that, they are either aging and isolation or they are relying on government service and community support for any kind of interaction. It means that there is social isolation as that much higher,and they're ability to access to kind of people that normally with spy accent is simply a discrimination simply isn't there.

Elders this is a is an epidemic that affect really almost all over people, it can be physical, it can be emotional, actual[sp?], and it can also be financial. What we see with LGBT people, in particular, is that, if we support systems are smaller, your ability to identifying and spot incidence and other obeseis have thing simply going to be last.

Also, it might be that you lost people to turn to when you are being abused, you're taking advantage. We heard a story for example, someone recently, who was being financially exploited by a family member, who was threatening to out him, if he outed the review and all the incident and all the reviews.

So, there is something about discrimination that also becomes a way to continue older abuse. Some of that older abuse is happening from people who are close to them in their lives, but a lot of the other abuse is also happening from staff and professionals, and from residence. So, some research has shown that people are experiencing bias, or name calling, or some form of harassment in nursing homes by other residents simply don't approve of them as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

And is some cases the abuse from actual professionals from staff members. What it does is it tells us we simply need to create more resources for the aging feels who understand how this is not acceptable have someone understand what it means to age as LGBT person. And also for the older person themselves, what happens to what can I do if I experience that form of discrimination from professional in my nursing home.

How can I fight back without loosing my security, my housing security? We do see high rates of health issues obviously across the entire population. We see issues around mental health, around physical health and we see the just totally we see people struggling with their economics.

One thing about I think surviving a lifetime discrimination is that also affects your retirement income, and your savings. If you were discriminated on the work place, you simply a place to retire and you're put to a quality is simply diminished. On the other hand we do see LGBT people who have picks up the coupon skills and the survival skills, the resilience to continue being really active parts of their community.

The supreme court case that brought down the defense in [xx], last summer was led by an 84 year lesbian who founded in her life to figure out how tell her story that ultimately became the case that struck down a lot there's no running federal benefits to couples around the country.

And I think those two stories go hand in hand with not just the LGBT elder experience, for really LGBT experience in this country..