Sunday, July 14, 2013
Older Adult Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health Disparities (Research, Video 2:44)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults, a population subjected often to adverse discrimination in society, experience unique health needs. Research on LGB health disparities reports that these older adults are at high risk for the following:
1) LGB older adults had higher risk of disability, poor mental health, smoking, and excessive drinking than did heterosexuals.
2) Lesbians and bisexual women had higher risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity.
3) Lesbians reported a higher rate of excessive drinking than did bisexual women.
4) Gay and bisexual men had higher risk of poor physical health and living alone than did heterosexuals.
5) Bisexual men reported a higher rate of diabetes and a lower rate of being tested for HIV than did gay men.
Far more research is needed in the areas of age and sexual orientation health disparities to address these populations appropriately. In addition, healthcare institutions must implement more staff development and dissemination of homophobia training and policy changes that positively impact older adult LGBT quality of life.
This video titled “UC Davis Health System, the first academic health system in the nation to have physicians ask sexual orientation and gender identity questions as part of a patient's routine clinical assessment.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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