Aging isn’t easy for anyone, but LGBT seniors face additional challenges: Many pension programs and government services like Social Security don’t recognize same-sex spouses, gay couples may fear not being able to be “out” in nursing homes and assisted living programs, and many older LGBT people don’t have adult children or other family members who often care for aging relatives.

Helping LGBT elders navigate these and other issues is the mission of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Seniors Advocacy of Georgia.

GA Spotlight: GLBT Seniors Advocacy of Georgia

Dubbed GSAGA for short, the group is actually a coalition made up of the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, The Rainbow Center, Aging Services of Georgia, and other advocates.

GSAGA hosts a forum July 10 focused on “Planning for Successful Aging.”

“We hope to begin the dialogue not only about the unique challenges facing the LGBT community as we age, but aging issues in general,” says Doug Carl, a GSAGA organizer.

The forum will include discussions of social networking, legal protections, health and wellness, and housing and financing.

GLBT Seniors Advocacy of Georgia

Planning for Successful Aging
Saturday, July 10
2-4 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center
1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307