In contrast, LGBT older adults receive more caregiving support from friends rather than relatives, and a greater proportion of men are caregivers. LGBT people of this generation are frequently disconnected from their families of origin and are four times less likely than straight older adults to have children or grandchildren. This means that lesbian and gay seniors often rely on their partners or friends to fill a role that children typically take on for straight seniors. This can become difficult as one’s circle of friends face their own aging-related challenges over time.
While most elders of all sexual orientations prefer to continue living in their own homes as they age, LGBT elders sometimes face social isolation due to lower rates of assistance from partners and biological children.
Though societal attitudes are changing for the better, LGBT elders are still vulnerable to homophobic reactions from medical providers and others, diminishing their access to culturally competent health care and social services. LGBT older adults are less likely than heterosexual elders to access aging-network services and providers due to fear of discrimination. Some actually return to “the closet” as they age, which can prevent them from receiving appropriate services.
The good news is that there are an increasing number of care providers and agencies that are qualified, inclusive, sensitive and understanding of the unique needs that your dad and other LGBT older adults face as they age.
In contrast, LGBT older adults receive more caregiving support from friends rather than relatives, and a greater proportion of men are caregivers.
Source : http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/newsevents/newsArticle.cfm?n=58
Bob O’Toole, President of Informed Eldercare Decisions is Co-editor, with Keith Shields of this blog