Brian Fuss, M.P.A.: LGBT Elderly Individuals Living in Rural and Suburban Florida: Policy and Practice Recommendations
Lunchtime Seminar March 26, 2015 (49:12 min.)
By 2030, estimates predict that 83.7 million people in the United States will be over the age of 60, at least 6 million of whom will identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), 2014; U.S. Census, 2010). Understanding this demographic growth has led to research, recommendations, and advocacy on behalf of older LGBT adults and elders. However, these actions are almost exclusively focused on LGBT seniors in metropolitan (urban) areas. LGBT seniors in rural and suburban areas are under-served by researchers; there is even a lack of discussion of the existence, much less the needs, of this population. Focusing on Florida, this presentation explored three recommendations for serving the needs of the increasing number of LGBT elders living outside the city.