Openhouse Study (2006)

LGBT seniors have become increasingly visible in communities across the country, but only a handful of studies have documented their needs. Yet, having an accurate, informed understanding of their social, financial, retirement, health-related and support needs is essential to develop urgently needed housing and community services. In 2003 Openhouse completed a major study of more than 1300 LGBT adults in the Bay Area – the largest and most racially inclusive study of LGBT aging in the country.  Although we reached out to transgender and bisexual adults, the study predominantly reflects the experiences of lesbians and gay men who are more visible among older adults. More than half (55%) of participants were age 50 or older, 25% were people of color and nearly half were women.

Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers (2006)

Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers offers a snapshot of the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) baby boomers in the United States as they deal with current care-giving responsibilities and make plans for their own needs in later life.  The report was produced by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) of the American Society on Aging.

Still Out and Still Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers (2010)

Building on its 2006 study on the same subject area on the LGBT population alone, the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the American Society on Aging expanded its scope through a nationally representative survey of both just over 1,200 LGBT 45- to 64-year-olds and a comparison group of 1,200 Baby Boomers drawn from the general population.

Outing Age: 2010 (2010)

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) have released Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders.  This in-depth report includes current research on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the demographics of the LGBT older adult community to the issues facing this population, including challenges in health care, housing, assisted living services, social services, home care and many others.

Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults (2010)

Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults was co-authored by Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) in partnership with the American Society on Aging, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and the Center for American Progress, with a foreword from the AARP. The report addresses the many challenges facing LGBT older adults and provides broad-ranging ambitious policy recommendations.

National Senior Citizens Law Center: Stories from the Field: LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities (2011)

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, Hyun Kim, Charles P. Hoy-Ellis, Jayn Golden, Diana Jensen, Marcy Adelman, L. Michael Costa, Brian de Vries: Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future (2013)

This study of 600 respondents was commissioned by the San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. The report found that nearly 60% of the study participants lived alone, and of the 15% with children, 60% reported that their children would not be available to assist them. Many reported poor physical and mental heath: close to half reported one or more disabilities; and one third of male participants reported they were living with HIV or AIDS. These results indicate that because of frail social support networks LGBT seniors, as compared to their heterosexual cohorts, are vulnerable to isolation and to early institutionalization.

San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force: LGBT Aging at the Golden Gate: San Francisco Policy Issues & recommendations (2014)

The Task Force identified 12 key areas that LGBT older adults and seniors are in need of assistance and provided associated solutions to be considered by the Board of Supervisors.

Robert Espenoza, Out and Visible: The Experience and Attitudes of LGBT Older Adults Ages 45 – 75 (2014)

An on-line survey of the fears, beliefs, behaviors and aspirations of LGBT older adults about healthcare, finances, housing, support systems…

Marcy Adelman, The Longevity Wave: Meeting Future Need (2015)

LGBT elders face unique challenges to staying in their homes and what we can do about it.

Bay Times News Update Openhouse in the news: (2016)

The LGBT Dementia Project, initially a San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force recommendation, is now a pilot program that will serve the LGBT community nation wide.

The Williams Institute, Soon Kyu Choi and Ilan H. Meyer, LGBT Aging: A Review of Research Findings, Needs and Policy Implications (August 2016)

Marcy Adelman, Overcoming Barriers to Care for LGBT Elders with Alzheimer’s (September 2016)