SAGE seeks benefits for LGBT seniors at national aging meeting

In an attempt to grant benefits to same-sex couples that opposite-sex couples enjoy, SAGE prepared a report for the Chicago convention.
A Chicago convention will house discussions concerning the rights of the elderly in LGBT relationships. (courtesy of adrants.com)

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.

To read more on this story, visit the Los Angeles Times.

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