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

Forty-thousand of those, age 65 plus, live in Minnesota. A 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment revealed 80 percent of Minnesota’s LGBT older 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 a spouse, child or caregiver. The nonprofit 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 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 at 1(800) 333-2433. Experts will answer your questions weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.