Training, geography, and provision of aging services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults

K Abel Knochel, Catherine F Croghan, Rajean P Moone, Jean K Quam
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 2012, 55 (5): 426-43
This research study surveyed leaders of Area Agencies on Aging (agencies) to understand their services, training, and beliefs about serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Half of the existing agencies in the United States (320) participated. Few agencies provided LGBT services or outreach. One-third had trained staff around LGBT aging and four-fifths were willing to offer training; these numbers were significantly higher for urban-based agencies. Agencies that had provided staff training and urban-based agencies were more likely to provide LGBT outreach and services, to believe in addressing LGBT issues, and to receive LGBT assistance requests. Training, policy, organizing, and research implications are considered.

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