Older Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender often came of age facing severe and even legally sanctioned discrimination and hostility, as Earl notes in a recent article in The Advocate. As LGBT individuals age and eventually need end-of-life care, we must make sure a renewed fear of discrimination does not drive them back into the closet — and prevent them from getting the health care and support they need and deserve.
Hospice and palliative care workers have an increasingly urgent mandate to discuss, identify and meet the unique end-of-life care needs for an aging LGBT population. Mirroring the aging of the U.S. population as a whole, the number of self-identified LGBT adults age 65 or older is expected to double by 2030 — from 1.5 million to 3 million, says the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Click here for article