Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging brings together cutting-edge research, practical information, and innovative thinking regarding the characteristics and processes of aging among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Written by experts in the field, the book covers a range of subjects and provides a comprehensive knowledge base for practitioners, students, and researchers. Contributors address topics such as sexuality, relationships, legal issues, retirement planning, physical and mental health, substance abuse, community needs, gay and lesbian grandparents, and a model agency dedicated to delivering services to the senior LGBT population. Their writing takes a gay-affirmative approach that focuses on resilience, coping, and successful adaptation to aging and is sensitive to the importance of historical oppression in the lives of older members of sexual minorities. The authors also pay close attention to ethnic and cultural issues and identify where further research is needed.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging is a groundbreaking collection of some of the most significant voices in this area of research today. Gerontologists and those who serve the LGBT community are in great need of the information contained in this singular and definitive resource.
Douglas Kimmel is professor emeritus at City College of the City University of New York. He is the coeditor (with Linda Garnets) of Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences and author of the classic text, Adulthood and Aging.Tara Rose is a research assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She conducts and consults on longitudinal outcome studies and program evaluations in system of care communities and agencies. She is also interested in the empirical validation of services to LGBT elders. Steven David is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Geriatric Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. He has coauthored articles in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and other publications.