“LGBT older adults face disparities in health and well-being compared to heterosexual peers.”
A new supplemental issue of the journal The Gerontologist presents the findings of the largest national survey to date focused on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
The issue, titled “Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS),” provides cutting edge research, drawing upon the 2014 wave of data from the first national, longitudinal study of more than 2,400 diverse LGBT adults aged 50 to 100. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging.
Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, a professor in the University of Washington School of Social Work, served as editor for this journal issue, which contains 10 articles.
- CME: Improving ED Care for LGBT Patients
- ‘Coming Out’ of Prison: An Exploratory Study of LGBT Elders in the Criminal Justice System
- Differences in Healthcare Access, Use, and Experiences Within a Community Sample of Racially Diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Emerging Adults
- New suicide prevention strategies for homosexual and transgender youth
“These articles provide the opportunity to consider how social, historical, and environmental contexts influence the health and well-being of LGBT older adults as we move forward in aging-related research, services, and policies — especially if we are to understand the realities of older adulthood across diverse and vulnerable communities.” said Fredriksen-Goldsen. “The insights gleaned from this study of aging among LGBT older adults can deepen our understanding of the richness, diversity, and resilience of lives across the life course.”
Findings in the journal reveal that 2.4 percent of older adults in the U.S. currently self-identify as LGBT, accounting for 2.7 million adults aged 50 and older, including 1.1 million aged 65 and older.