“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.
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
From the Philadelphia Gay News By Don Friedman While most of us know we will have to die someday, we may practice denial or avoid thinking about the prospect all together. Medical advances can prolong life and create situations where treatments are given when not...read more
From the Philadelphia Gay News By Sarina Issenberg Caring for an aging loved one can be immensely rewarding. It is generally also stressful, lonely and isolating. There are 34.2-million Americans currently providing unpaid care to another adult over the age of 50....read more
By David Griffith The past year saw several attempts to enact policies and legislation that would negatively impact LGBT older adults. Many of these efforts are set to continue in 2018, requiring us to be vigilant against any attempts to deny civil rights, benefits...read more