PGN Special Edition Coverage

 

The population of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to grow from 53 million in 2018 to 88 million by 2050. The baby-boom generation has already begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s; in fact, the oldest members of the baby-boom generation turned age 72 in 2018.

How do you combat loss, isolation, loneliness and possibly failing health in your later years? This concern is very real for many older Americans, but for LGBT adults living in the suburbs, it can be especially challenging.

The risk factors for social isolation affect LGBT older adults in unique and disproportionate ways. One primary risk factor is living alone. According to SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), LGBT older people, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, are twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single and up to four times less likely to have children.

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