In this symposium a panel of experts will discuss health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults, 50 years of age and older, in the United States, by drawing upon two new data sources, including an annual population-based survey and the first national project addressing the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. The four papers included in this symposium will shed light on the importance and necessity of integrating knowledge about health-related concerns of historically disadvantaged older adults into social work discourse.
In the first paper, by utilizing population-based data from the Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (N=83,913), [NAME] and colleagues examine health disparities by sexual orientation among older adults and will highlight key health concerns and subgroup differences. [NAME] and colleagues explore psychological well-being among LGBT older adults and its predictors including life stressors and social support by analyzing data from a national survey of LGBT older adults (N=2, 560). [NAME] and colleagues investigate risk and protective factors associated with health-related quality of life among those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS by analyzing a subsample of the national survey. [NAME] and colleagues investigate the use of respondent driven sampling (RDS), as an innovative sampling methodology to increase capacity to reach such hidden and marginalized populations.
This symposium provides critical insights on health disparities in marginalized communities, innovative sampling methodologies to conduct research in hard-to-reach communities, and service and policy implications to promote healthy aging in our increasingly diverse society.