The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be having its first-ever national summit to discuss issues pertinent to aging members of the LGBT community, who face a number of problems and must deal with a number of concerns unique to their age demographic. Points of concern include health care, housing, and other long-term health issues.
According to HUD's press release:
Americans are growing older, requiring a greater focus on systems of care to meet the increased demand that accompanies this demographic shift. Aging lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, however, face a number of additional stresses that expose them to particular vulnerabilities in their elder years. For example, LGBT senior citizens are more likely to age without the benefits of a partner or children and other family supports, increasing their reliance on assisted living and long-term care. In addition, even more affluent LGBT elders can be at risk, as discrimination and other legal barriers can be an obstacle to accessing housing and long-term care.
The day-long conference will bring together advocates and practitioners from across the country to highlight existing barriers for LGBT elders, as well as explore future possibilities for promoting current efforts to support housing and long-term care designed for LGBT elders.
This year we have seen more emphasis on aging LGBT people from the LGBT community itself and the broader population. Just this summer, for example, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) launched an online hub for resources relevant to the lives of older LGBT people.