According to SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), many LGBT older adults often avoid seeking out needed services for fear of discrimination. Some older LGBT adults go "back in the closet" when accessing home health care or residing in assisted living facilities.
But SAGE, a national nonprofit aimed at addressing the needs of LGBT elders, works with older adults to overcome the challenges of discrimination. SAGE services include a visiting program for frail and homebound LGBT elders, a support group for older people with HIV, and caregiving services.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center is investigating the possibility of becoming a SAGE affiliate. They're holding two workshops (one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.) on Tuesday, Dec. 7th to gather input from the community.