A recent study released by the University of Washington’s School of Social Work found that older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] seniors have greater rates of disability, depression, loneliness and distress when compared with heterosexuals of similar ages.   Further highlighted by the study were the unique needs of this aging group, such as fear of discrimination, the lack of children to depend on as caregivers and less social support and financial security with age, as older LGBT adults are less likely to be partnered or married than heterosexuals.

In the US there has been some movement in the development of retirement communities geared toward the LGBT population, and, as pointed out in this Smart Money article, the options available are limited.

These issues are not unique to the US and need to be addressed in other countries as well.    Please share information about studies and/or activity in this area in your country.

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