An estimated 2.4 million LGBT adults ages 50 and over live in the United States, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA.

Forty thousand of those adults, ages 65-plus, live in Minnesota. A 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment revealed 80 percent of Minnesota’s older LGBT adults are uncertain if they would receive safe, sensitive services if their status was known.

Training to Serve founding board member and chair Paul Blom appeared on KARE 11 to talk about the changing needs of LGBT seniors and the services and support they require. Bloom says LGBT seniors are more likely to age alone without help from a spouse, child or caregiver. The non-profit organization trains service providers on the unique needs of LGBT older adults. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of LGBT people as they age.

Training to Serve’s annual benefit is Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis North. For tickets, visit the organization’s website.

For information on a variety of aging-related topics, call the Minnesota Board on Aging's..."Senior Linkage Line". Experts will answer your questions weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm. Call 1 (800) 333-2433.