Thanks to Sage (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), transgender men and women have a new guidebook on what to anticipate as they get older. Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice not only takes on the current state of transgender aging, but also anticipates the challenges that older adults will face in their lifetimes – including disparities in health and healthcare access, employment and housing.
The report includes a detailed literature review, profiles of personal experiences of transgender elders around the country, and more than 60 recommendations for aging transgender seniors.
“Transgender older adults want to live healthy and independent lives and maintain dignity as they age,” says Harper Jean Tobin of NCTE’s Policy Counsel. “But this population faces unique challenges that the aging field, as well as the LGBT community, need to pay attention to.”