US: Advancing LGBT Elder Policy and Support Services – The Massachusetts Model

In the US, the Massachusetts-based ‘LGBT Aging Project’ has trained elder service providers in affirming and culturally competent care for LGBT older adults, supported development of LGBT-friendly meal programs, and advanced LGBT equality under ag[e]ing policy (Krinsky Lisa and Cahill Sean. LGBT Health. April 2017, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2016.0184. ).

Working across sectors, this innovative model launched America’s first statewide Legislative Commission on LGBT Ageing.

Advocates are working with policymakers to implement key recommendations, including cultural competency training, and data collection, in statewide networks of elder services.

The LGBT Aging Project‘s success provides a template for improving services and policy for LGBT older adults throughout America.

In the UK, increasing numbers of local Age UKs are doing great work with their older LGBT communities. For example, Age UK Camden runs the UK’s biggest programme for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – Opening Doors London.

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) people in the UK.

They are a membership organization providing regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT* people, aged over 50.

They also offer specialist training and consultancy for statutory and voluntary organisations, such as care homes, housing associations and hospitals, to help them understand the needs of older LGBT* people.

 

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