Preliminary Findings of New LGBT Aging Study

The Caring and Aging with Pride study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging, has published preliminary findings of its nationwide survey of 2,560 LGBT adults aged 50 to 95.

FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network was one of 11 partnering groups that helped recruit participants in the study and that are helping shape and disseminate its results.  The 4-page preliminary report briefly covers key findings about service needs, physical and mental health, health strengths and risks, health care access, and health behaviors.  The full report will be available in Fall 2011.

This report, The Health Report: Resilience and Disparities among LGBT Older Adults, includes the following highlights:

  • Nearly one-half of LGBT older adults have a disability and nearly one-third report depression.
  • Two-thirds experience verbal harassment and 40% physical violence.
  • Among transgender older adults, 22% need to see a doctor but cannot due to cost.
  • Most LGBT older adults (91%) engage in wellness activities.
  • 88% feel good about belonging to the LGBT community.
  • 15% fear receiving health services outside the LGBT community.
  • Two-thirds report the need for senior housing, social events and transportation.

You can access the preliminary report at http://depts.washington.edu/agepride/docs/Prelimin_Findings_Report_FINAL.pdf

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