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.

At the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, people who were diagnosed were expected to live only one to two years after diagnosis. Today, life expectancy for people living with HIV/AIDS has increased tremendously, due in large part to new medications and treatments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 55 and older accounted for almost one-fifth of the estimated 1.1-million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2010. With the increase in life expectancy for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, there has been a focus on addressing issues related to aging with HIV.

Is it possible to outgrow your sexuality? For some, this may seem like a ridiculous notion but gay, bisexual and transgender men over 50 are regularly asked to consider this very question. Generally speaking, sexual wholeness originates in positive sources of intimacy, sensuality, sexual identity and seductive play. Maintaining a healthy body plays an important role as well. Since there is no one way to define sexuality, consider what sexual “wholeness” means to you as you read these tips. If you wonder how men can possibly keep their sexuality alive after age 50, here are five methods worth giving a try. You may unlock your sexiest years yet!

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OK, Joan Rivers I’m not. But just as a kernel of raw truth rang out from a Joan poke, so too here. No joke: All you hold as important with your health, savings, home and family are at risk … unless you have the right legal provisions in place. Your legal plans protect you. They safeguard what you care about most.

Resolutions are a dime a dozen this time of year — overused, clichéd, often empty. The word “resolution,” however, means “a firm decision to do or not to do something” or “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem.” LGBT older adults face significant health disparities and have historically been

Dick and Carol and Bruce and Jim have all recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other cognitive-disease state. They are our spouses, friends, partners, parents and family members. What the heck is going on here? All of a sudden it seems there are so many people around me being diagnosed with some type of

My friends are getting sick and dying, again. Thirty years ago there was a sudden, unexpected onslaught of the same thing. Back then it was AIDS. Friends got sick and were gone in a matter of days or weeks. It went on for months and years. Eventually the dying almost stopped, but it left so many of us with physical and emotional damage. It did not seem to be, it could not have been, part of the natural progression.

Let’s be honest, our society can often be obsessed with youth and fighting the realities of aging. It can therefore be difficult to give honest thought to what it really means to age in a healthy way. Yet, all of us are aging, and our communities need to address how to best ensure that LGBT people are aging in ways that promote physical, mental and emotional wellness.

What age do you think? Are you 60 but think 30? Or are you 60 and think 90? Age is, after all, part mindset, and you have control over what age you think you are. You can, in fact, choose to be forever young.

If you are over 50 and have HIV, you are not unique. Almost half of Americans living with HIV/AIDS are over 50. But, because you are in that age group, you do face some unique health issues versus younger people with HIV. Here are some things you should know. 

Recently we celebrated Independence Day, marking the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed: July 4, 1776.

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