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Covering the special health issues that LGBT seniors face

A growing subset of the senior tidal wave known as the “gray tsunami” are those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

LGBT seniors increasingly are living out of the closet, yet remain largely invisible in government statistics. Few national health surveys include questions about sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving researchers to only guess at the true size of the nation’s LGBT older adult population.

In this tip sheet, Matthew S. Bajko explains some of the unique health issues that LGBT seniors face, such as social isolation and housing issues. He also offers stories ideas, contact information for sources and some relevant research. 

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