The many issues facing LGBT seniors – including housing, access to health care, and diversity – were discussed at a recent daylong conference presented by the Institute on Aging.
About 160 queer health care and social workers gathered with LGBT seniors and allies at the November 7 conference, held at the Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
There are an estimated 25,000 older adults who identify as LGBT in San Francisco and that number is expected to double by 2030, said Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., the founder of Openhouse, an LGBT senior organization in San Francisco.
The conference addressed issues such as HIV after 50, drugs and alcohol, suicide, transgender aging issues, hospice and palliative care, access to housing, legal issues, and health care and aging. Attendees also had an option to attend a professional leadership workshop.