The LGBT Aging Initiative, a partnership between MCF members Greater Twin Cities United Way and PFund Foundation, just released the 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment Survey Report. It shows that over the past ten years there has been tremendous change, both nationally and regionally regarding LGBT aging, but that significant gaps still exist.
Key findings that they highlighted include:
- Compared to a similar 2002 assessment, participants were nearly twice as likely to believe they would receive sensitive care if their sexual orientation were known. While certainly an improvement, still less than one in five people believe they would receive sensitive care.
- Compared to the general population, LGBT older adults who participated in the study were nearly twice as likely to be a caregiver. However, they were more likely to live alone, less likely to have a caregiver, and less likely to have children. Moreover, LGBT older adults are more at risk for social isolation and nursing home placement.
This report was the first step of the LGBT Aging Initiative. Step two happens this Friday, October 5, when the Initiative will host an LGBT Aging Symposium to present the findings of this new report, along with seminal national research on LGBT aging, to a wide spectrum of aging service providers, LGBT health advocates and other stakeholders.
Finally, the LGBT Aging Initiative will provide a funding opportunity for LGBT aging projects. Grant guidelines will be released later this fall.