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NATIONAL TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP FOR HOMEBOUND LGBT ELDERS

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NATIONAL TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP FOR HOMEBOUND LGBT ELDERS      

Social isolation affects many LGBT older people around the country in unique and disproportionate ways. LGBT elders are more likely to live alone and with Ser vices & Advocacy thinner support networks for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual due to being estranged from & Transgender Elders their families of origin. In addition, the research shows that LGBT elders face higher disability rates, struggle with economic insecurity and higher poverty rates, and deal with mental health concerns that come from having survived a lifetime of discrimination.

Location-related barriers, coupled with stigma and discrimination, can make it difficult for LGBT older people in many parts of the country to find the LGBT-friendly community support they need to age successfully and avoid social isolation.

To address this, SAGE now offers a national telephone support group and friendship circle for homebound LGBT older people who cannot leave their homes due to various physical or mental conditions (such as agoraphobia).

The group, conducted entirely by phone and facilitated by a social worker, provides a safe space for participants to connect with other LGBT people, chat about issues that affect their lives, and increase their network of support while breaking their isolation.

For more information, including dates and times, and to sign up, please contact Preston Wholley at 212-7412247 or pwholley@ sageusa.org. •


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