Title

Aging, Health, and GLBTQ Family and Community Life

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Journal

Journal of GLBT Family Studies

Volume

5

Issue

1&2

First Page

9

Last Page

34

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1080/15504280802595238

Abstract

Older GLBTQ persons face many age-related challenges and opportunities. Some are shared with their heterosexual counterparts, while others more specifically relate to their GLBTQ status. These occur in the contexts of their personal lives, families, social networks, and community and social milieu. One major challenge is health. This article describes a range of issues at the interface of aging, GLBTQ status, family, community, and well-being related to health, describing aspects of social support, health, and health care systems. Prostate cancer is explored as an example of this nexus of factors illustrating how GLBTQ persons may be affected differently from the married, heterosexual image typically assumed in cancer research and clinical attention.