Generations Make A Difference Even in Old Age

This week’sBoston Globe article, “Learning how to care for LGBT seniors: Growing numbers face challenges different from their straight peers,” features Joy Griffin, 78, a retired teacher.

She makes the astute observation that older lesbians, “went through so much more than I did.  I was right on the edge where progress was made.”  She later explains that as a result, she feels safer being open about her lesbianism than many women older that she is.

The article also notes that in early November, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick issued a directive encouraging (but not requiring) local aging agencies to “identify and assess the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender population.”  The article also mentions pending bill H1099, that would make LGBT cultural competency training mandatory for elder-care providers.  The article is currently available at

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