by Halah Flynn
“The Administration on Aging estimates that there are 1.5 million LGBT older adults in the United States and that the number will double by the year 2030. Combined with a growing aging population, it’s clear that more medical research must be dedicated to identifying and addressing health disparities in the LGBT community.
“In the meantime, it’s important for older adults, their families and caregivers to understand the challenges that LGBT older adults face and work together to find ways to meet their diverse needs. Talking to your doctor or nurse practitioner is always the first step to addressing any health-related needs. Below you’ll find a few points that might be worth asking about at your next visit.
- Social Determinants – Many social factors contribute to health outcomes over the course of a patient’s life, like housing, economic status, education, transportation and health care; these factors are called social determinants, and affect everyone differently.