Demographic shifts across the country have highlighted issues and challenges for older Americans. This is especially true for the LGBT elder community. LGBT elders have a number of stresses that expose them to particular vulnerabilities. For example, LGBT elders are more likely than other elders to age without the benefits of a partner and/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 a barrier to accessing housing and long-term care.
Having policies that address these issues is important. With this in mind, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are convening a summit to address housing, health and long-term care issues for LGBT elders on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, from 10:00am-5:00pm. Due to space restrictions, this event is now only available as a webcast.
The day 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.
I would like to invite you to tune in for this important event.
An agenda for the day is available here. On Wednesday, December 7, the webcast will display here.
We hope you will participate in this important discussion. Follow along and participate on Twitter using #LGBThousing or email in questions during the webcast to LBGTelderhousing@hud.gov.
Posted Date: December 2, 2011