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Aging, Social Support, and LGBTQ People in the U.S.
Presented by Griff Tester, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
For most older (60+) adults in the U.S., social support, a resource strongly associated with health and well-being, is found within the traditional family and supplemented by formal aging and health services. For current lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults, who represent some of the first to live fully “out” in later life, traditional family ties are often nonexistent or fractured, and LGBTQ older adults are less likely to use formal aging and health services because of experiences of marginalization and discrimination within these institutions. In this presentation, I will discuss the context within which LGBTQ older adults are aging, the meanings they attach to old age and social support, and the types of support networks they create. Throughout this discussion, I will highlight the existing sociological and social gerontological theories and methods used to comprehend and measure older adults’ support systems and the limitations of these research tools for understanding LGBTQ older adults’ life course experiences.
Meeting ID: 879 6548 8151