LGBT seniors in New York now have a place to gather and be fabulous with the opening of the first full-time LGBT senior center in the nation.
"Operated by New York City’s Department for the Aging and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders), the center offers meals, social services, and activities. Classes on wellness and workplace skills are aimed at the realities aging baby boomers face in 2012.
Compared to their straight counterparts, older LGBT adults are twice as likely to live alone, half as likely to have a significant other, and four times as likely to have no kids. LGBT seniors also face poor access to culturally sensitive health care and greater rates of poverty. Thankfully, Adams sees the SAGE Center as a national model."
So much attention is focused on issues facing LGBT teens and young adults (and rightfully so), that the problems facing older LGBT folks are often ignored or placed on the back burner. Since it's pretty inevitable that we'll all get older, this is a step in the right direction. Read the rest of the article HERE.