Monday, January 23, 2012

LGBT Older Adults and Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act: A Policy Brief

Established in 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) is the country's leading vehicle for funding and delivering supportive services to older people in this country. OAA holds enormous potential for millions of LGBT older adults, a population with profound needs that will surge over the next few decades. In 2011, OAA comes up for reauthorization, creating an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that these sizable resources support LGBT older adults and their loved ones.

During our historic 2010 conference—the first-ever national advocacy conference led by, for and about LGBT older adults—SAGE drew on the wisdom of LGBT elders and commissioned an investigative story that describes the potential of this Act in supporting our communities. We asked, "What are the distinct challenges facing LGBT elders, and how can their aging experiences be enhanced through an LGBT-affirming Older Americans Act?"
This brief presents their stories—and SAGE's official recommendations on the Older Americans Act.

Related News: Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Issues Official Document on Older Americans Act—Supporting LGBT Elders in Reauthorization

On April 6, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a 65-member association comprising the country's leading aging organizations, released its official "Consensus Recommendations for the 2011 Older Americans Act Reauthorization," which includes eight recommendations specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders, as well as racially and ethnically diverse elders, and older adults with HIV/AIDS. SAGE is the only LGBT organization on the LCAO.

To Read more about the consensus document, and the eight recommendations, Download the policy brief, or to download the full LCAO consensus document see website. Posted at

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