Promising Interventions for LGBT Seniors

For LGBT seniors, countering discrimination is imperative. Training of health care staff involving LGBT cultural competency has demonstrated good results and has improved reception of and openness towards older LGBT adults, as well as consideration for their reality and specific needs (Porter and Krinsky, 2014). Training centres that address the experiences of LGBT individuals and their needs should be encouraged (Porter and Krinsky, 2014), including for social workers, who are particularly well placed to provide services to LGBT seniors and advocate on their behalf (Erdley et al., 2014).

Inter-generational programs for LGBT seniors can also help build solidary and counter isolation. To counter ageism and social isolation in the LGBT community, a New York organization, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors (SAGE), pairs LGBT seniors with LGBT volunteers with similar life experiences (age, orientation / sexual identity) (Larkin, 2008.)

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

This is an American technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. There are a variety of resources across a variety of LBGT topics such as aging, culturally competent care, advocacy, health, mental health, coming out in late life, etc.

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