African-American LGBTs and Advance Directives

Ruth and Evelyn DiazAfrican-Americans are less likely than white Americans to have advance directives, a discrepancy that may be particularly dangerous to African-American LGBT older adults.

A new article from American Society on Aging (ASA) member Natalie Chin offers the story of a 30-year lesbian couple who were separated by family members when one of the pair entered a nursing home.  Advance directives could have prevented that tragedy.  The article goes on to describe the types of documents that are included under the “advance directives” umbrella, and suggests people can get “informatio on organizations that assist individuals with advance directives at www.lawhelp.org.”  The article is available from http://www.asaging.org/blog/reticence-and-necessity-power-attorney-and-lgbt-aging-issues

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