The Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders will release a report in Chicago to promote benefit systems for same-sex couples.
With key areas focusing on financial security, healthcare and social support systems, SAGE will seek benefits for elderly same-sex couples in committed relationships. These benefits will include, but not be limited to, Social Security survivor benefits.
“This is the first time that the heavyweights of the aging network are really embracing a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults,” said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE to the Los Angeles Times. “We know there are anywhere from 2 to 3 million LGBT seniors in this country. We’re talking about a very significant portion of the older population in this country.”
This proposal, supported by national agencies such as AARP and the American Society on Aging, point to an expected growth of 1 million LGBT senior citizens over the next decade for support.
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