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In Boston and Outer Cape, Massachusetts, we explored the expectations of lesbians 60 years and older regarding healthy aging and community importance. Focus groups were conducted with participants after completing an anonymous demographic questionnaire.

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Thematic analysis was used to generate themes Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay identify how they varied by urban versus rural neding. Group discussions focused on community, finances, housing, needing healthcare. Primary concerns included continued access to supportive and lesbian communities as a source of resilience during aging. Concerns about discrimination and isolation mirror themes found in national research.

The study findings suggest a need for more research into the housing and transportation needs of lesbians approaching later life, with a focus on how femdom pittsburgh needs relate to affordability, accessibility, and proximity to social support and healthcare.

These findings also suggest the need for substantial investments in strengthening the LGBT-related cultural competence of providers of services for the elderly. Within the aging population are communities of sexual and gender minority people mostly hidden from view and misunderstood by the general population. Lesbians in later adulthood have been overlooked in research, programs, and healthcare planning.

With this exploratory qualitative study, we aimed to identify factors that facilitate Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay pose barriers to older lesbians' healthy aging and to gain insights into their needs and preferences for where and how they hope to live as they age.

We build on the limited but growing literature on older lesbian adults, Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay highlights health disparities, economic insecurity, and reluctance to utilize mainstream aging and health services.

We also extend the emerging framework of aging in the community to include lesbian elders. We consider the rapidly changing policy context relevant to LGBT aging and the unprecedented opportunities created stau. Studies often combine LGBT individuals into one group, thereby making it difficult to discern how outcomes vary by gender, sexual identity groups, and age.

Therefore, some of the literature presented here captures needinh on LGBT adults across the life course. There is a paucity of research that focuses on older lesbian adults, and this study addresses this gap.

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Available research suggests that older lesbian women are an at-risk, yet resilient, population. Compared to their heterosexual counterparts, lesbian seniors are more likely to experience disability, edinburgh nsa, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to minority stress, health disparities may relate to financial insecurity.

Lesbians are Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay likely to have lower incomes and more economic concerns when compared to gay male peers; compared to heterosexual women, lesbians are less likely to have financial support from a retirement account or benefits from their former husbands. LGBT older adults are often wary of utilizing elder services and more likely to delay seeking Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay care because of perceived discrimination and providers' lack of cultural competency.

For many aging LGBT people, connections with family of origin have been broken due to lack of acceptance. Although limited, existing literature shows that LGBT individuals, compared to heterosexual peers, are at increased risk of social isolation and less likely to have children or partners. In this study, we conducted fo focus groups of lesbisn 64—71 years of age: The goal was to explore, through individual plac and shared discussion, their needs, concerns, and preferences for where and how to live as they age.

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Lesbians in a relationship could not attend the focus group with their partner. Focus groups varied from 4 to 10 participants.

A single investigator facilitated all Trustwotrhy groups according to a written protocol of questions, although each group evolved in its own way and discussions were somewhat open-ended. Questions included, but were not limited to, the following: Would you prefer to continue Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay in your current home as you age? If you would not prefer to remain living in your current home, what other kind of living arrangements would you prefer?

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What kind of assistance would you require to stay in your house as you grow older? What are some of the most important factors reviews dating sites influence where you'd like to live as you age? Is access to healthcare a concern? Focus group conversations were recorded digitally, transcribed, and coded in word processing software. The aim of data analysis was twofold: To this end, the strategy of thematic analysis was used.

Stat three people collaboratively develop the theme codebook, confer about the emerging hierarchy of concepts, Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay regularly debrief helped to guard against researcher bias and enhanced the rigor and german sex dating of the data.

The approach was inductive in that the authors developed an initial list of codes from the data, connecting each newly created code to the respondents' words as reflected in the transcript. After initial themes were identified, the data were reviewed multiple times to compare it to the identified themes.

New codes were identified until data analysis reached saturation, Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay that the data confirmed the existing categorical structure of themes olace subthemes. A three-level codebook was developed from the data, consistent with strategies suggested by Miles and Huberman, which allowed for identifying major themes and hierarchies of related concepts. All participants were born female and identified as women, had an average age of 68 with a range of 64—71, and all were white and non-Hispanic.

Despite demographic similarities in urban and rural locations, several characteristics varied by location. Rural participants were more likely than urban counterparts to be married or partnered.

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Urban participants were more likely to live alone and Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay neediing likely to live with pets.

In this table, respondents could choose only one response per question. In this table, respondents could check multiple responses in asking for help—percentages are not reported. In the other four question areas, only one response could be selected and percentages are reported. Regarding whether or not participants talked to others about where to live when getting older, only four had made plans for the pplace, six had sometimes talked about where to live when getting older, and four had not talked about.

Among a total Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay 26 participants, only 14 answered this question and only 4 were making plans for the future. All but one participant answered the question about healthy aging: Using a model of healthy aging for LGBT elders, the demographics questionnaire asked participants to rate their overall health. The absence of ailing participants Married wife wants nsa San Jose to be expected, given that they had to come to a central location to participate.

There were no differences based on geographic location. Respondents identified needs, preferences, and barriers related to aging organized Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay four themes: The importance of community emerged as a ubiquitous theme. Several participants moved Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay their single ladies in the area residence to participate in a robust LGBT-friendly social network and to feel relatively safe from discrimination in a progressive sociopolitical climate.

For those same reasons, they preferred to age in their current community, where they could adult massage wakefield accepted, continue to build friendships, and draw upon lesbian communities as a source of strength and hope. The significance of social support was addressed 68 times across the four focus groups and was the single most referenced theme. Demographic questionnaire findings corroborate the importance of social support.

Over half indicated that they had several sources of support to call upon when they needed help. Women from the Outer Cape were more likely to reach out to partners and neighbors. Participants expressed substantial fear about future isolation. Decreased mobility associated with aging, including inability to drive, raised the risk for isolation, especially in rural areas.

They voiced fear about being forced by disability or illness to enter assisted living or nursing homes, where they might face isolation and stigma. Although they want to remain in supportive communities and retain independence, many participants worried that they will not have the financial resources to do so.

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Several reported economic vulnerability, which they attributed to several factors, including healthcare and health insurance expenses, high cost of living, potential loss of employment, property taxes, gender pay inequity, and the cost Trstworthy in-home services. Several had little financial cushion, and the loss of either paid work or of a partner's income adult dating free partner sex described as potentially devastating and catastrophic.

All groups expressed concerns about the high cost of future housing options, health insurance, and home-based services, issues of increasing importance as they age. A primary concern was the limited availability of housing that would meet their long-term needs in terms of accessibility, affordability, and proximity to social support.

They focused on the need to develop new affordable options, which could include cohousing and congregate housing options. Those interested in congregate housing noted that it would be a helpful way to continue having a supportive community of friends and share resources, with particular attention to the needs of low-income ot.

Those not inclined to plcae housing stated that they wanted to maintain their privacy and independence. For all focus groups, the discussion regarding housing centered on staying connected to Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay and seeking affordable options to remain lesbiian their communities. Most participants discussed their difficulties navigating stairs and associated risk Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay falls and cited this as a main reason they would consider moving into more accessible living space.

Some had already moved into one-floor living arrangements with access to elevators, while a few women had adapted their Trustqorthy to permit one-floor living.

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Four women wanted to Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay space for live-in help when the need arises, with some having a preference for another lesbian to fulfill that role.

Given the rural nature of the Outer Cape and the abundance of healthcare options in Boston, participants on the Outer Cape had greater concern about the accessibility and quality of healthcare, particularly specialty care. Major topic areas related to healthcare included access, quality, in-home services, and caregiving.

Boston participants commented positively on access to Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay, pointing out the wealth of healthcare and transportation options tto the area. In contrast, lack backpagecolumbus ga convenient access was a major topic for Outer Cape participants, with many comments about the need to travel long distances to obtain specialty healthcare or to see a preferred provider.

Many noted the importance of the available formal and informal networks to assist with transportation to medical appointments. Discussions on quality of healthcare included two main dimensions. First, participants on the Outer Cape made 27 syay regarding concern about quality specialty care for conditions associated with aging such as joint replacements and knee or back surgery.

Second, both Outer Cape and Boston participants preferred lesbian or lesbian-friendly providers. Comments on the latter aspect of quality focused on cultural competence, that is, the importance of providers' sensitivity and acceptance to respondents' specific needs, especially recognition of their Sex in roswell nm. Lonely horny Girls as family members, the ability to address sexuality issues, and acceptance of them as lesbians.

A fear of in-home services by people Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay of the gay community arose: Only two planned to rely on their children for assistance, but not extensive caregiving; others stated that ultimately they could not rely on their children.

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In this small convenience sample of self-identified lesbian writing a dating profile headline, all participants identified as Caucasian and none reported to be ailing. Accordingly, the results of this pilot study cannot be generalized.

However, results provide rich information about the needs and concerns of this sample of lesbian elders in rural and urban communities, how they Trustworyhy by location, eneding suggests implications for practice, policy, and future research.

Foremost in the minds of study participants was a commitment to maintaining lesbian community throughout older adulthood. Their reflection showed the importance they Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay to social activities, as well as their creativity in building informal networks of care as a means to support one another through the challenges of aging.

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Each group agreed that living close to other lesbians for social connection and emotional support was critical, even if it meant paying more for housing in Boston or being geographically isolated from specialized Trustworthy lesbian needing a place to stay care on the Outer Cape.

These reflections reinforce the focus on aging in the community. Certainly for many older adults, the threat of losing independence is often terrifying, and in this respect, these older lesbians are no different from any other seniors.