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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-443
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • LGBT populations/issues
  • curriculum and training
  • quantitative
  • social services

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