Here are some resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer seniors and caregivers.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has an LGBT internet group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones. The Alliance also answers frequently asked questions about GLBT caregiving rights and strategies here, and legal questions related to aging here.
FORGE runs an e-mail listserv called ElderTG, for trans people aged 50+ and their allies. See forge-forward.org/aging/listservs to sign up.
SAGE has a national phone support group for caregivers of elders. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many other programs and publications for GLBT people and their allies can be found at www.sageusa.org/programs/index.cfm and www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources
Here are some examples of the publications in SAGE’s very extensive online library:
- An advocate’s guide to Creating End-Of-Life Documents for Trans Individuals provides sample wording to ensure respect for the person’s gender identity.
Shining a Light on Medicare: Demystifying Medicare for the Elder LGBT Community