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Some great resources for our more senior members of the LGBT community.

Caring and Aging with Pride
A ground-breaking project designed to better understand the aging and health needs of LGBT adults 50 years of age and older. Their goal is to understand the wellness and health needs of these communities so we have information and are prepared to address the aging needs of LGBT elders now and for generations to come.

Gay and Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP)
(310) 722-1807
A non-profit corporation formed in 1996 to call attention to the aging issues in the GLBT community.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens 206-684-0500 , TTY/TDD: 206-233-2778
The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens supports healthy aging, independent living, and social and civic engagement, all to make a difference in the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities. They provide information and assistance, computer classes, an employment resource center, and senior discounts.

Medical Alert System Reviews
Reviews and recommendations relating to medical alert systems.

Government page of various health resources for seniors.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. They provide training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.

Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders
This pioneering new guide includes comprehensive information about your rights and the services that are available to you as you navigate the system of public and social benefits. Though it is California-based, the information is a good reference guide for all 50 states.

Planning With Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders
Provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over. This guide includes information about issues related to relationship recognition, finances, health care, long term care, Medicare and Medicaid, planning for the care of minor or disabled children, inheritance, elder abuse, and discrimination against LGBT elders. It covers many areas where rights, benefits, and protections are generally provided to heterosexual people based on spousal status, but are denied to same-sex couples, even if married or in other legal unions. It also highlights issues unique to transgender elders. 

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

SAGE Olympia
The SAGE Olympia Mission is to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities.

Seattle Prime Timers
(206) 329-0793
Prime Timers Worldwide, with more than 73 chapters, was founded as a social and recreational organization devoted to providing a focal point within the gay Community for Gay and Bisexual Men over 40 and their Admirers. Prime Timers are a diverse group, enjoying the activities and friendships that they develop with their comrades locally and internationally.

Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services)
(206) 448-5757
The mission of Senior Services is to promote the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults and positive aging through their integrated system of quality programs and senior centers.  This link directs to LGBT specific resources for seniors.