“Gettin’ On” is the LGBT Elder Initiative’s monthly column in the Philadelphia Gay News, examining topics of interest and importance to all members of the LGBT communities as we age.
LGBT older adults have faced lifetimes of discrimination, stigmatization, marginalization, and criminalization. As a result, we face unique issues and challenges to aging successfully.
Gettin’ On focuses on those issues and highlights resources and solutions that will help all members of the communities to age successfully at every age.
“Gettin’ On” is published in the print edition of PGN on the third Friday of each month.
According to a 2018 AARP survey, some 76 percent of LGBT adults are anxious about having adequate family and/or social supports to rely on as they age. Individuals attributed this to the fact they are likely to be estranged from family because of their sexual...read more
By David Griffith Abuse against older adults is a public health issue that impacts seniors, their families, and communities across the United States. With the aging of the U.S. population, the size of the older adult population in this country is expected to nearly...read more
By David Griffith Being able to consistently afford and access food is key to maintaining good physical and emotional health as one ages. In the field of aging, improving senior nutrition and reducing food insecurity is a vital step in addressing many public health...read more
By Mary Jo Rohrer Printed in the Philadelphia Gay News Norma Tramel was confined to the isolation and stigmatization of life in a nursing home for four years, after suffering a ruptured hernia that put her in a coma. Once she regained her health, she began to yearn...read more
By David Griffith Fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a person living in the United States was approximately 70 years. At that same time, the average member of the workforce was retiring at the age of 65. Today, thanks to great scientific and medical advancements...read more