Diane King, director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services at ISER, is co-author of “Perspectives of LGBTQ Older Adults on Aging in Place: A qualitative Investigation,” in the Journal of Homosexuality. Focus groups, interviews and a town hall meeting were used to identify barriers and supports to primarily individuals aged 50-69, identified as lesbian or gay, wishing to age in place in their urban Denver neighborhood. Ageism, heterosexism, and/or cisgenderism emerged as cross-cutting themes that impair access to healthcare, housing, social support, home assistance and legal services. Resilience from weathering a lifetime of discrimination was identified as a strength to handle aging challenges. Recommendations for establishing an aging in place model included: establishing welcoming communities, resource centers, and increasing cultural competence of service providers. This study provides a unique contribution to understanding the psychosocial, medical, and legal barriers for successfully aging in place.
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