Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) has launched the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults nationwide. The resource center will connect aging providers and LGBT organizations around the country with technical assistance, training and key resources to support LGBT older adults.
"LGBT older adults have several unique health care, legal and financial details to take into account when planning for retirement and beyond. By providing critical information and tools for LGBT elders and the organizations that care for them, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will ensure that they can age with the dignity and respect they deserve," said Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a grant to SAGE—and its 10 national partners—to establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. SAGE’s 10 organizational partners on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging include: the American Society on Aging; the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, Hunter College; CenterLink (the national association of LGBT community centers); FORGE Transgender Aging Network; GRIOT Circle; The LGBT Aging Project; the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a); the National Institute of Senior Centers (National Council on Aging); Openhouse and PHI.
"The U.S. Administration on Aging is proud to have played a part in the creation of a resource center designed to engage, empower and support mainstream aging providers, LGBT service providers and LGBT older adults. It will help ensure that LGBT elders have the supports they need to successfully age in place," said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.