Breakdown: Gay & aging by the numbers

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-15T18:27:16-04:00 July 8th, 2010|News|

Eighteen percent of Michigan’s population is currently over 60. By 2030, seniors will number 1 in 4 in the state.

Over 60 percent of today’s adult population either is or expects to become a family caregiver.

There are over 4,000 assisted living facilities in Michigan. None of them are located in Detroit.

80 percent of elder care in the U.S. is provided by family members, and two-thirds of adults who receive long-term care at home depend on family members as their only source of help. LGBT elders are more likely to be single, childless and estranged from their biological families.

America’s LGB population over age 65 is estimated to number 1.5 million and is expected to double by 2030.

LGBT older adults are only 20 percent as likely as their heterosexual peers to access needed services such as senior centers, housing assistance, meal programs, food stamps and more.

About one-third of lesbian and gay male Baby Boomers identify discrimination due to sexual orientation as their greatest concern about aging.

A 2009 San Francisco study found that 90 percent of heterosexual seniors have children, while just 29 percent of LGBT seniors do.

Fourty-two percent of LGBT elders said “financial problems” are a big concern in their lives.

The Williams Institute released a study in 2009 that listed the annual Social Security income in 2005/2006 of senior straight couples as $17,176, of gay couples as $14,116 and of lesbian couples as $11,764

Statistics provided by the State Plan on Services for Michigan’s Older Adults, the U.S. Administration on Aging and “Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults,” a study released by Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders and the LGBT Movement Advancement Project.

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