Over the next quarter century, the number of older Americans is projected to grow from 12 percent to 20 percent of the total population.

Over the next quarter century, the number of older Americans is projected to grow from 12 percent to 20 percent of the total population, and various estimates indicate that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals will comprise 7–10 percent of that older population. By the year 2030, the LGBT community age 65 and above is expected to almost double, from 2.5 million to as many as 4.7 million.

In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, AARP has launched a new portal within their website dedicated to LGBT elders. The portal is designed to accommodate and offer advice on the many issues that affect LGBT elders, from the mundane to the far more troubling legal and economic wrinkles. The portal includes advice about concerns regarding estate planning as well as caregiving. For a greater understanding of the nature of the associated issues and legal wrinkles, the site includes a list of upcoming hurdles compiled by Michael Adams, of the SAGE advocacy group.

 

Reference: AARP.com (June 2011): Pride Comes in All Ages

 

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