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Alzheimer’s and the LGBT communities

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Dick and Carol and Bruce and Jim have all recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other cognitive-disease state. They are our spouses, friends,...

The second wave

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My friends are getting sick and dying, again. Thirty years ago there was a sudden, unexpected onslaught of the same thing. Back then it...

Healthy living for successful aging

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Let’s be honest, our society can often be obsessed with youth and fighting the realities of aging. It can therefore be difficult to give...

Forever young and out

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What age do you think? Are you 60 but think 30? Or are you 60 and think 90? Age is, after all, part mindset,...

HIV and aging

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If you are over 50 and have HIV, you are not unique. Almost half of Americans living with HIV/AIDS are over 50. But, because...

Equality Day?

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Recently we celebrated Independence Day, marking the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed: July 4, 1776. The Declaration says that,...

An activist’s pride

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In 1972, I went to Trafalgar Square in London with a trans friend to march to Hyde Park with the Gay Liberation Front. At...

An activist’s pride

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In 1972, I went to Trafalgar Square in London with a trans friend to march to Hyde Park with the Gay Liberation Front. ...

Trans aging made a little easier

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The lives of transgender folks can be difficult. But if you are trans, Philadelphia is arguably the place to be. The city,...

Let’s talk about sex, again

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In the 1980s and ’90s, we talked a lot about sex. We did this partly because we were young and partly because...

Social isolation and aging in place

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Lifetimes of discrimination and stigmatization put LGBT older adults at risk for social isolation, generally considered to be an involuntary lack of contact with...

Know the system: long-term care

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What comes to mind when you think about long-term care (LTC)? Chances are, you are imagining a nursing home with endless games of bingo,...

Scratching the surface

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So much progress, so much yet to be done. We are just scratching the surface of what is necessary to empower LGBT...

Room at the inn

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The story has been told for thousands of years: A man and a pregnant woman, an unmarried couple, arrive in town and find no...

POZitive living with HIV

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Gettin’ On POZitive living with HIV Just 20 short years ago, if you were HIV-positive, you were probably living with a death...

To your health: out and insured

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It is National Coming Out Month, enrollment opened for the Affordable Care Act and the open-enrollment period for Medicare is in full swing. ...

The new LGBT legal landscape

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Roberts. DOMA. Wisconsin. Scalia. Prop. 8. Montgomery County. Social Security. Windsor. IRS. Since the first free LGBTEI Legal Clinic last fall,...

An open letter about the PA State Plan on Alzheimers

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On Aug. 15, on behalf of the LGBT Elder Initiative, I gave the following testimony to Gov. Tom Corbett, Secretary of Aging...

How will you die?

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None of us knows when or how we will die and most take it for granted that we have no say in the matter....

Shining a spotlight on a public-health crisis: elder abuse

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There are more than 2. 1 million reported cases of elder abuse or exploitation in the U.S. each year, and some estimates of...

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