On June 23 over one hundred LGBT older residents of the metro Detroit region will gather for a day-long educational summit at the Michigan State University Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Summit will feature a panel discussion on health, long term care and HIV/AIDS. Additional experts will conduct workshops on managing healthcare, protecting finances, employment and volunteer opportunities, and older adult/youth networking. Key supporters of the event are the Coalition for LGBT Older Adults in Michigan and the Detroit Elder Project of KICK.
On top of the more common challenges facing Michigan’s seniors, LGBT older adults face additional and sometimes extreme barriers to resources and care. Ninety percent of LGBT older adults have no children to help care for them as compared to just 20 percent of heterosexual older adults. More than twice as many LGBT older adults live alone as compared to heterosexual older adults. LGBT older adults are nearly 3 times as likely to live in poverty as heterosexual adults.
Based on 2010 Michigan Census Bureau statistics, there are an estimated 68,076 LGBT persons aged 65 and older living in Michigan. Approximately 20,000 of these individuals reside in southeastern Michigan. Another 62,600 are currently age 55-64 and will join the 65+ population statewide by the year 2020.
The 2012 LGBT Older Adult Summit aims to provide support and resources for LGBT older adults and aging service providers about the disparities facing this vulnerable population within Michigan’s aging community.
For more information about the event, or to register, please visit http://www.LGBTOlderAdults.com.