EDGE MEDIA NETWORK by KILIAN MELLOY READ TIME: 8 MIN.
Studies show LGBTQ+ elders are underseen, underserved, and saddled with health care disparities (amongst others). EDGE spoke with advocate Amy Simon about LGBT Senior Housing and Care, the company she runs to solve these issues.
Major areas of concern are medical care and housing, but, as a 2018 study showed, "LGBTQ+ seniors are also at greater risk for social isolation, putting them at greater risk of mental and physical health problems, chronic conditions and even premature death," while "Histories of victimization and discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity also contribute to poor health."
It's little wonder, then, that some LGBTQ+ elders don't seek the care they need; they don't think they'll get it, and they might even fear that they'll face homophobic or transphobic abuse and harassment.