Gay and Grey: Understanding Challenges Facing LGBT Older Adults

AUG 16, 2012 at 1:00-4:00pm

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults make up a significant and growing share of America’s 65+ population.

The numbers of LGBT older adults are expected to double in size over the next several decades, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. This means that aging services providers will increasingly be called on to provide services and supports that meet the unique needs of LGBT older adults. As Oregon providers strive to offer more person-centered and persondirected care and services, it is important that they develop strategies to meet the special needs of this growing population.

In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the dual challenge of being both LGBT and an aging person in our culture. Elder panel members will offer the personal side of the issue, providing an indelible image of the challenges they face and their hopes for generations of LGBT seniors to come. This workshop is suitable for all persons who work with elders.

Topics Will Include

  • Challenges LGBT older adults face in housing and healthcare
  • The effect of historical and present-day social stigma and prejudice
  • Fears LGBT seniors have about moving into senior living facilities, coming out to service providers, and coming out to their peers
  • Health disparities that are present in this population


  • Examine the special needs, characteristics and concerns of LGBT individuals as they age
  • Understand the impact of social stigma, prejudice and unequal laws, programs and services on LGBT elders
  • Discuss specific steps senior housing and aging services providers can take to create an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for LGBT older adults

Crowne Plaza
14811 Kruse Oaks Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Individual: $25
Organization: $100
(up to 5 attendees per organization)


12:45 p.m.

CE Credit

CEUs pending


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