As a group, LGBT older adults experience unique economic and health disparities. LGBT older adults may disproportionately be affected by poverty and physical and mental health conditions due to a lifetime of unique stressors associated with being a minority, and may be more vulnerable to neglect and mistreatment in aging care facilities. They may face dual discrimination due to their age and their sexual orientation or gender identity. Generational differences and lack of legal protection may cause older LGBT adults to be less open about their sexuality. Social isolation is also a concern because LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone, more likely to be single and less likely to have children than their heterosexual counterparts. All of these considerations can be compounded by intersections of sex, race, ethnicity and disability.
We're here to reduce isolation among LGBT seniors and increase the number of LGBT culturally competent senior service providers.
The Silver Pride Project
LGBTQ Seniors Coffee Hour
Also known as the Silver Pride Coffee Hour, is an opportunity for LGBT seniors to come together and enjoy a morning of refreshments and conversation.
Held at the Amherst Senior Center, Tea Time is an afternoon gathering for seniors to learn about services available to seniors and to discuss topics of interest. Each meeting centers around a specific topic with a guest speaker.
Seniors Healthy Lunch Program
In partnership with Erie County Dept. of Senior Services and Preservation Pub, this program aims at providing LGBT seniors with a healthy lunch time meal.