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SANDWICH GENERATION: LGBTQ aging needs assessment survey to gain better understanding

Rainbow Health says 34 percent LGBTQ older Minnesotans fear having to 're-closet' themselves when seeking senior housing.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — In 2002, the first Twin Cities LGBTQ aging needs assessment was created by a group of researchers and academics who identified within the community themselves. Researchers say the results showed an alarming lack of confidence on the part of the LGBTQ community in the readiness of aging service providers to work with LGBTQ clients.

Over the past 20 years, there has been tremendous change both nationally and regionally in the visibility and social acceptance of LGBTQ people. However, researchers say 80% of LGBTQ elders still fear that their care providers will discriminate against them if they are out. With an estimated 48,000+ LGBTQ seniors living in Minnesota, Rainbow Health says it is time to scale the needs assessment statewide to better understand and impact health equity for this community. Rainbow Health is conducting a LGBTQ Aging Needs Assessment to gain a better understand of the needs of the LGBTW older adults in Minnesota. To take the survey, click here.

The mission of Rainbow Health is to work for equitable health care access and outcomes for people who experience injustice at the intersection of health status and identity. We center individuals and communities at risk of and living with HIV or facing barriers to equitable health care access and outcomes because of their identity as gender, sexual, and/or racial minorities. https://www.justushealth.org/

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. For more information, call 1-888-281-0145 

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