Gettin' On

Gettin’ On examines topics of interest and importance to all members of the LGBT communities as we age. LGBT older adults have faced lifetimes of discrimination, stigmatization, marginalization, and criminalization. As a result, we face unique issues and challenges to aging successfully. Gettin’ On focuses on those issues and highlights resources and solutions that will help all members of the communities to age successfully at every age.

The year 2015 clearly saw tremendous advances for the LGBT community. From marriage equality to representation in politics and the media, the past 12 months have been a time of progress. While 2015 was undoubtedly an important year, events that will transpire in 2016 at the national, state and local levels may have an even greater impact on how LGBT older adults will be supported as they age.

Visiting the doctor can seem like a hassle. It can be nerve-wracking, or it can just be downright unpleasant. It is not unheard of for many people to report confusion after an appointment. It is therefore important for people of any age to arm themselves with the skills and knowledge to become their own best advocate.

All members of the LGBTQ communities, and our allies, are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. The roles that each of us has played during the three-and-a-half decades of the crisis have shaped the course of our lives, the components of our personalities and the contexts of our relationships. The impact has affected each of us as individuals and collectively as a community.

Given the growing evidence that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline, the Alzheimer’s Association and its experts are sharing tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 12-million veterans now over the age of 65, having served in global conflicts as far back as World War II. While they may not have been “out” during their years of service, we can be quite sure that many of these older vets identify as LGBT.

The word “stroke” can have many meanings: the fond caress of a loved one or pet; vigorous activity, as in golf, rowing or swimming; or a philosophy of life, as in “different strokes for different folks.” But there’s a definition many of us would rather not think about. This type of stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when the normal flow of blood to the brain is interrupted, depriving brain cells of oxygen and other nutrients.

It has been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Older Americans Act. Enacted as part of Johnson’s “Great Society” reforms, this legislation formed the structure through which millions of older adults receive social supports and preventative health services. Five decades later, the Older Americans Act remains the preeminent legislation addressing the needs of older adults in the United States.

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