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Aging groups endorse report on needs of gay seniors

Thursday, March 18, 2010

From “Chicago Breaking News Center,” March 16, 2010

A national report being released Wednesday details the myriad social and financial stumbling blocks that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender senior citizens face and calls on lawmakers to make changes to Social Security and Medicaid to assist this growing population.

Giving heft to the report – prepared by Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, or SAGE – is the endorsement it has received from major mainstream aging groups including AARP and the American Society on Aging.

“This is the first time that the heavyweights of the aging network are really embracing a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults,” said Michael Adams, executive director for SAGE. “We know there are anywhere from 2 to 3 million LGBT seniors in this country. We’re talking about a very significant portion of the older population in this country.”

The report, to be released in Chicago at a national meeting on aging, highlights three key areas where LGBT seniors face challenges: financial security, health care and social supports.

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