HHS announces resource center to aid gay seniors

The Department of Human and Health Services is reaching out to LGBT elders and their health needs.

The Department of Health and Human Services is planning to create a national resource center for communities to support and serve their LGBT elders, according to 365gay Newswire.

Human Health Services Logo photo from aspe.hhs.gov
Human Health Services logo photo from aspe.hhs.gov

“Through its Administration on Aging, HHS will award a single resource grant in the amount of $250,000 annually, depending on the availability of funds.” The center plans to provide resources to assist mainstream aging service providers in “developing competence in serving LGBT elders.”

“Despite the many advances our community has seen, LGBT elders face significant discrimination from senior care providers, including in places where we are most vulnerable, such as assisted living facilities and end-of-life care,” HHS campaign President Joe Solmonese said. “As more and more openly LGBT people reach their later years, it is incredibly important to ensure that we are treated with dignity, respect and fairness. We applaud HHS for taking this important step on behalf of older LGBT Americans.”

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