Advancing LGBT Elder Policy and Support Services: The Massachusetts Model

LGBT Health. 2017 Dec;4(6):394-397. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2016.0184. Epub 2017 Apr 4.


The Massachusetts-based LGBT Aging Project has trained elder service providers in affirming and culturally competent care for LGBT older adults, supported development of LGBT-friendly meal programs, and advanced LGBT equality under aging policy. Working across sectors, this innovative model launched the country's first statewide Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging. Advocates are working with policymakers to implement key recommendations, including cultural competency training and data collection in statewide networks of elder services. The LGBT Aging Project's success provides a template for improving services and policy for LGBT older adults throughout the country.

Keywords: LGBT; aging; aging policy; long-term support services; older adult; social support.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Culturally Competent Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Services for the Aged* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massachusetts
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Senior Centers
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Social Support*