The Network features requests for research assistance, and reports of relevance to LGBT elders and their support communities on this page.
Aging with Pride: IDEA. IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) at the University of Washington is offering a free program for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers. Either the person with memory loss or their caregiver must be LGBTQ+. The program includes nine individualized sessions with a trained coach and focuses on problem solving, improving communication, and low impact exercise. The sessions are virtual, using easy video chatting. Compensation is provided for completing phone interviews, and the program is available in all 50 states.
Amy Cunningham, MS
Aging with Pride: IDEA Research Coordinator
University of Washington
School of Social Work
This April 2020 Nurse's Guide to Caring for LGBTQ Patients, produced by Ohio University, offers a summary of the obstacles faced by LGBTQ patients seeking medical care, and suggestions for nurses who wish to better serve members of the community.
Seeking Bereaved LGBTQ Women to Participate in Research Interviews
This study seeks to find out how to loss of a partner impacts advance decision-making for older LGBTQ women.
All identifying information will be kept confidential.
Seeking: Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer women who are willing and interested in sharing their experiences and reflections and talking about their own end of life preparations following the loss of a spouse or partner for the purpose of a doctoral research project.
Participants must: (1) currently identify as a woman; (2) currently identify as lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. May also identify as other sexual and gender minorities; (3) Must be 60 years or older; (4) Must have lost a spouse or partner within the three years. May also have been in a same-sex relationship with their last partner (partner who died).
Study will include: Participation in 1- or 2-person interviews to last approximately 1-2 hours (conducted by a bisexual woman). Participates will receive $40 to compensate for their time.
Interested in participating? Have any questions? Please contact Korijina Valenti firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-595-9590. Sponsored by Miami University, Ohio, Scripps Gerontology Center
907 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Legal Voice produces the Handbook For Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources - http://www.legalvoice.org/handbook - "a comprehensive quick-reference guide on the full range of legal issues facing Washington seniors." In English and Spanish.
Legal Administrative Specialist
LGBTQ Veteran Coordinator
Seattle VA Regional Office
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
spoke about current benefits available to (LGBTQ) veterans on Friday March 23, 2018. His presentation is HERE.
2018 Seattle Rainbow Housing Report: Aging in Community; Addressing Inequities in LGBTQ Housing & Senior Services
sponsored by GenPride, City of Seattle Office of Housing, Aegis Living and UW Aging with Pride
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released its report:
Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Adults 2015 - 2035
"By 2035, more than one in five people in the US will be aged 65 and older and one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group. This growth will increase the demand for affordable, accessible housing that is well connected to services far beyond what current supply can meet."
LGBT Seniors Are Being Pushed Back Into the Closet, David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic, Health, August 25, 2016
February 26, 2016
Allena Gabosch, Sex-Positive Speaker, Author, Coach and Activist, spoke on "Sexuality and Our Seniors." She pointed to the "Sexual Expression Policy" formulated by the Hebrew Home at Riverdale as a model for senior housing providers to follow.
The LGBTQ Access Project works across a continuum of support services to improve access and outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer survivors of abuse and exploitation. Learn more about this national demonstration project happening in King County. The Project produced an LGBTQ Family Law Guide for DV Advocates in WA and a 2014 King County Trans* Resource & Referral Guide. Both can be found on the Project's "Tools & Resources" Page.
A "Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults" has been developed by collaboration between the (U.S.) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the DHHS Office of Public Affairs, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and input from advocacy groups."
This learning tool, offered free of charge, will educate care providers about the needs and rights of older LGBT adults. It introduces LTC and other aging service providers to LGBT aging and is designed to increase awareness of the issues faced by LGBT individuals living in LTC facilities. It consists of six training modules which include video testimonials, quizzes, and helpful information on how to make LTC more inclusive for this population. Each module lasts approximately 10 minutes. The learning tool can be veiwed over multiple sittings."
Access to the tool is through the following website