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Dear AsYouAge.com Visitors and Friends,


I think we can all agree that aging is an inevitable fact of life.  Like it or not, getting older is inescapable - it happens regardless of our race, color, creed, lifestyle or sexual orientation. 


At AsYouAge.com our goal is to help ALL Seniors access the information, resources, assistance and support we need as we or those we love and care for get older.  That’s why the content throughout our website is designed to be relevant and useful to ALL of us.


One minority group of Seniors, LGBT Seniors (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual Seniors), faces additional and/or more complex kinds of social and legal challenges as they age.  These impediments seriously affect their ability to plan for themselves and/or those they care for as they age.  LGBT Seniors and Elders often face discrimination, social isolation, abuse, and restrictions on many of the civil, medical and legal rights (even Constitutional limitations) the rest of the Senior population takes for granted.  


AsYouAge is committed to providing everyone - LGBT Boomers, Seniors, Families and Caregivers included - with easier access to the reliable information, resources, assistance and support they may need to live and age in safe, welcoming environments of their choice that understand, accept and treat them with dignity and respect.




Erin Fitzgerald

AsYouAge.com CEO and Publisher

Still Out, Still Aging:
The MetLife Study Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual                 And Transgender Baby Boomers


Building on a groundbreaking 2006 study about the same subject area, the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the American Society on Aging continues to ask LGBT Baby Boomers about their plans, fears, and hopes as they age.

Key Findings of the MetLife Study

•60% of LGBT Boomers fear being unable to care for themselves as they age; 35% fear becoming dependent on others.


•Nearly two-thirds of LGBT Boomers say they have a "chosen family," a group of people they consider family, even though they are not legally or biologically related.


•Nearly 50% of LGBT Boomers say they don't expect to retire until age 70 or older.


•Men in both the LGBT and general population are nearly as likely as women to be giving care to another adult.


•51% of LGBT boomers do not have traditional wills or living wills that define their long-term care and end-of-life wishes.


•27% of LGBT boomers are concerned about discrimination as they age.

Read Still Out, Still Aging


Read the MetLife Mature Market Institute’s 2010 publication of its ongoing collaborative study of LGBT Baby Boomers and Seniors.

The Introduction to “Improving The Lives of LGBT Older Adults” defines the intent and purpose of this informative 2010 report:


“While confronted with the same challenges that face all people as they age, LGBT elders also face an array of unique (legal) barriers and (social) inequities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life.  Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Aduls examines these challenges and how they make it harder for LGBY elders to achieve three key elements of successful aging:


  1. 1.    Financial Security

  2. 2.    Good Health and Health Care

  3. 3.    Social Support and Community Engagement


The report also offers recommendations to more effectively address inequities and improve the lives and life chances of LGBT Older Adults as they age.

Improving The Lives of LGBT Older Adults

More LGBT Facts and Findings


   •According to The LGBT Aging Project of Massachusetts nearly 1500 LGBT Americans reach retirement age every day.


•The US Census Bureau (2000) estimates there are more than  3 million gays and lesbians age of 55 or older in the US.


•By 2020 the estimated number of gays and lesbians over 50 in the US will increase to at least six million.


•The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans over 65 will more than double in the next 25 years, from an estimated 3 million to 7 million.


•According to SAGE estimates, 67% of gay seniors in the US live alone (twice the proportion of their straight counterparts); more than 90% of Gay Seniors have no children.


•Since 1981, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (www.GLMA.org) has been a leader in LGBT health.  They offer references and  assistance finding healthcare providers and legal assistance and also relevant publications such as 10 Things To Discuss With Your Healthcare Providers and other relevant resources.  

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