Aging issues can be tougher for same-sex couples
March 18, 2010
Tom Watkins reports for CNN:
"According to the report, Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, issues that disproportionately affect LGBT older adults include stigma, isolation and unequal treatment. Together, they translate into being poorer and sicker and having fewer opportunities for social and community engagement than do their heterosexual peers, according to the report.
Many older LGBTs' financial woes can be traced to the fact that discrimination was legal during their working lives, which often meant thinner paychecks, limited access to health care, fewer chances to build pensions and smaller Social Security payments, the report said."
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