Dementia is terrible for everyone, but elderly people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender — LGBT — face extra problems, says Ed Bomba, communications chair for the LGBT Elder Initiative in Philadelphia.

Many have spent much of their lives in the closet and fear discrimination by medical or social service providers or even the people they might live with in nursing homes.

“We don’t have children, as a rule. We don’t have partners, as a rule, as we age,” Bomba said. Many older LGBT people were rejected by their families and have created support systems of friends. But they’re often all about the same age.

“We’re all aging together, and we all have our own issues as we age, and therefore we become less capable of taking care of each other,” Bomba said.  See more…