Growing Epidemic: LGBT Seniors Going Back in Closet

Published: August 30, 2010

Too often, senior citizens in the U.S. experience both physical and emotional indignities. Neglect and elder abuse are topics of great concern for healthcare professionals and social workers, but within this easily ignored population there is even a more hidden and underrepresented minority—aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Their needs are very rarely understood or respected in nursing homes and by caregivers, which often forces LGBT elders back into the closet. A new documentary by filmmaker Stu Maddux called Gen Silent addresses this growing epidemic of discrimination and abuse in society.

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