jump to navigation

Gay baby boomers and aging August 23, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Health, social.
Tags:
trackback

We are all going to grow older. What happens to aging LGBT folks?

Unfortunately, I have access only to the abstract for an upcoming publication in this field. However, the paper references two organizations that seem important to mention.

Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE) and American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN).

Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2009;30(3):267-80.

Gay aging.

Haber D.

Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306, USA. dhaber@bsu.edu

The oldest of the baby boomers (boomers) were age 63 in 2009 and on the verge of retirement. This cohort has had a history of making societal changes throughout its life cycle, and it is unlikely that retirement, as we know it, will remain unscathed.

This article highlights two events-the Stonewall Inn riots and two prominent professional associations removing homosexuality from their list of personality disorders-and how they occurred early enough in the gay boomers life cycle to change their attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles.

This article introduces the reader to a broad array of facts, research findings, and issues that inform the topic of gay aging. A summary of the discrimination and legal concerns affecting the gay community are also highlighted.

Two influential community programs are identified: Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE) and the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN). Gerontological educators need to be sensitive to the needs, desires, and resources of the coming cohort of gay boomers, who are more likely to advocate for responsive services, organizations, and policies than the current cohort of gay older adults.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. Gay baby boomers and aging | Baby Boomers and Aging - August 29, 2009

[…] See original here: Gay baby boomers and aging […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: