LGBTQI Elder Resource Center

  INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
This program provides a county-wide, LGBTQI-specific, culturally sensitive, telephone and email based information and assistance to LGBTQI elders in order to encourage you to feel comfortable in identifying your needs and accessing services. This program provides you with information on services available in your community and links you to the services and opportunities that are available.

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Telephone Assistance

Please call 707.829.2440 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A representative will work with you to address your informational needs and assist you in identifying community services available to you.

Online Request Submission

For your convenience, you may also submit an online request for information and assistance. Complete the form linked below, and we will contact you via email or telephone within 24 to 48 hours to help you get information and assistance.
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All requests for information and assistance are completely confidential and your name and contact information will not be shared with others.

IT GETS BETTER: WISDOM FROM OUR ELDERS

  MOST VULNERABLE GROUP

Working to reduce the homophobia, transphobia among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender elder

Today is a historic day for America, as marriage equality is now legal in all 50 states. The fight is not over, however, as LGBTQI people will still face discrimination every day. One of the most vulnerable groups is our LGBTQI seniors. There is a myriad of issues that gay and lesbian seniors face in addition to the struggles associated with aging.

It is difficult enough to find quality senior care, but when you through discrimination into the mix it is nearly impossible. Many of these seniors face health problems associated with isolation. These seniors are less likely to have children and are more subject to elder abuse. This social isolation can lead to lower cognitive function and a more swift decline into dementia.

Discrimination can take a dangerous toll on people. It was shown that in 2013 that 15 percent of LGBTQI seniors had seriously considered suicide in the past year. Senior citizens already have an extremely high suicide rate as it stands. Any sort of added distress in life can significantly increase the impact of depression in seniors.

One of the main problems is that it is difficult for gay and lesbian seniors to find care. They are often subjected to ridicule in nursing homes, isolated by family, or even being abused or called derogatory names by personal caregivers. The problem was so bad that several caregiving agencies have surfaced that cater to the specific needs of LGBTQI seniors.

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LGBT advocate sees hurdles

America's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults who are moving into their later years. In the next several decades, LGBT adults age 65 and above is expected to double, reaching more than 3 million by 2030.
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What does transgender mean?

Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.
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Picking culturally sensitive caregiver

Many older people, due to their cultural backgrounds, have firm views on caregiving. These may include:

  • A sense that the family should provide all facets of care for their loved one.
  • Resistance to medical intervention, medical professionals, and any nonfamily caregivers.
  • Wariness about any arrangement that could distance the care recipient from his or her family.
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► 10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients

► AARP LGBT PRIDE

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Sonoma County

A report published in April 2011 by the Williams Institute estimated that 3.8 percent of Americans identified as gay/lesbian, bisexual, or transgender: 1.7 percent as lesbian or gay, 1.8 percent as bisexual, and 0.3 percent as transgender.

Sonoma County has 500,000 people as of 2014, which means there are approximately 19,000 LGBTQI people in Sonoma County. Many are in the closet, meaning they do not talk about their lives for fear of judgment, rejection, or harm.

Transgender

Transgender people face a much suicide risk. 41 percent of transgender people surveyed said they had attempted suicide, compared with 1.6 percent of the general population. Risk increased for those who reported bullying, sexual assault, and job loss. 78 percent of transgender respondents who had endured physical or sexual violence at school had attempted suicide. (Williams Institute)

LGBTQI elders are

  • More likely to live alone
  • Less likely to have a partner
  • Less Likely to be connected with family of origin
  • Less likely to have adult children
  • Are twice as likely to live in poverty
  • And, thus, more likely to have poor health care access
  • Less likely to have pension or survivor benefits.

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The local gay community center nearest to your loved one's home should have information on care providers who are LGBT-friendly. Try the Community of LGBT Centers locator.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:24 AM Wayne Wieseler
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A searchable directory of LGBT-friendly medical providers, including general practitioners, dentists, mental health specialists, and OB-GYNs.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:10 AM Wayne Wieseler
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GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.  Apr 20, 2017, 3:58 PM Wayne Wieseler
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Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.  Apr 20, 2017, 3:55 PM Wayne Wieseler
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As a caregiver to a spouse, partner or friend, it is essential to discuss available legal protections and their limitations with the person for whom you care before that person becomes incapacitated. Time is of the essence. Incapacity can happen in a heartbeat with a stroke or in a car accident.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:31 AM Wayne Wieseler
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America's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults who are moving into their later years. In the next several decades, LGBT adults age 65 and above is expected to double, reaching more than 3 million by 2030.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:38 AM Wayne Wieseler
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Much less attention is given to the needs of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adults and in particular, on their caregivers, whether spouses, partners, friends or other family members. If the LGBT population is indeed around 10%, as many studies have claimed, the growth in LGBT seniors will also be exponential.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:29 AM Wayne Wieseler
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The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is committed to assuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have rights and opportunities to live vibrant, creative and mutually supportive lives. To achieve this vision, the mission of the LGBTEI is to foster and advocate for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley and beyond.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:46 AM Wayne Wieseler
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The GLBT National Help Center is an online and by phone resource center for information and referral.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:19 AM Wayne Wieseler
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Our services include providing direct client services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people with cancer, providing health education and workshops to the community, and educating health care professionals about the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:33 AM Wayne Wieseler
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The Metropolitan Community Churches, an international Christian denomination, is particularly welcoming of LGBT people. A staff person at the nearest MCC might be able to recommend appropriate resources.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:25 AM Wayne Wieseler
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NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.  Apr 20, 2017, 3:54 PM Wayne Wieseler
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SAGE is a national social service agency dedicated to LGBT seniors. SAGE is developing a National Technical Assistance Resource Center for the aging LGBT population.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:16 AM Wayne Wieseler
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The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association lets you search for health care providers in your area.  Apr 9, 2017, 11:20 AM Wayne Wieseler
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