SAGE is proud to announce the release of Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color, a new report that examines health disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, and offers policy solutions in 10 areas to address these challenges. The report's release coincides with National Minority Health Month to highlight the need to address the health of LGBT people and people of color of all ages.
LGBT elders of color experience profound health disparities across multiple areas, but they are often omitted from policy approaches related to health in later life--leading to challenges that will become more urgent as the U.S. grows increasingly older and more diverse. By 2050:
The number of people age 65+ will more than double to 88.5 million
Latino, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native people will comprise more than 40% of this elder population
The number of LGBT older adults will more than double to 3 million, by some conservative estimates
The report offers numerous recommendations for the steps policymakers can take to improve the health and wellness of LGBT elders of color, including addressing federal funding gaps; how health reform implementation can reach marginalized people; dismantling LGBT-specific barriers within programs such as Social Security; ensuring that the Older Americans Act meets the specific needs of LGBT older adults and older people of color; and much more.
For more information and to download the report, click here.