LGBT adults face many unique challenges as they age. They are generally an underserved and understudied aging population. Fear of discrimination contributes to poor health – with more than 20% reporting not having told health care providers of their sexual orientation.
Although LGBT pride month is celebrated in June each year, we honor and support the LGBT community all year long. While the image of the LGBT movement may often be the young and middle-aged, it is critical to remember the senior population is just as important to the community.
Dementia negatively affects everyone, but researchers have reason to believe that it impacts LGBT+ people in a distinctly different way, causing many additional challenges.