Late Breaking News: survey extended through September 1st!

In a first for the LGBT community, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging is spearheading a statewide effort to survey the needs and concerns of the over age 50 LGBT community and those over 18 with a disabling condition. This is a first in the nation and is being done in collaboration with the LGBT Older Adult Coalition and the Gay Elders of Southeast Michigan, a group seeking affiliation with national SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders).

We are trying to hit at least 750 responses and need everyone eligible to take the survey and to pass it on, asking eligible friends, partners and relatives to take the survey.  It is confidential and takes just 15-20 minutes.

This survey gives the Michigan LGBT older adults and disability community the unprecedented opportunity to makes its voice heard on concerns and needs we face as we age. We know we face challenges not generally faced by the larger older and disability communities: lower incomes; limited access to family caregivers; and fear of discrimination or harassment in the long term care arena. Regardless of the cause of these differences, we can’t let THIS opportunity pass us by.

Please help make this survey a success:

You can also email Laura Champagne of Gay Elders of Southeast Michigan at or Kathleen LaTosch of the LGBT Older Adult Coalition at for help with the survey or to address any questions you may have.

All surveys responses are confidential.  The online survey is currently scheduled to close on September 1st

Don’t delay – take the survey today!