Lesbian, gay and bisexual people in later life

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Guasp, April
Publisher
Stonewall
Date of publication
1 January 2011
Subject(s)
Minority Groups, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Stonewall commissioned YouGov to survey a sample of 1,050 heterosexual and 1,036 lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the age of 55 across Britain. The survey asked about their experiences and expectations of getting older and examined their personal support structures, family connections and living arrangements. It also asked about how they feel about getting older, the help they expect to need, and what they would like to be available from health and social care services. The research has shown that half of older gay people feel their sexual orientation has, or will have, a negative effect on getting older. Gay people are much more likely than heterosexual people to face the prospect of living alone with limited personal help from their families and therefore are more likely to rely on formal services for support in later life.

This report provides a compelling evidence base for the first time about older lesbian, gay and bisexual people in this country. It also provides practical recommendations for a range of agencies about how to improve things

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