SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) have released a new data collection guide through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to help health providers collect the information they need to better understand & serve lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender older adults. Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity is a comprehensive guide that helps service & health providers ask questions about sexual orientation & gender identity in a safe & respectful way. Hilary Meyer, Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging stated, “We created this guide to meet the specific needs of aging providers. We are frequently contacted by service providers who are grappling with how mainstream aging organizations can better collect data on sexual orientation & gender identity & they want to do so in a way that is culturally competent & respectful. This guide gives them those tools.” Aging services & healthcare providers rely on client data to inform program & service delivery as well as to guide optimal individual service & treatment. However, from federal to local levels, the identities of LGBT older adults are rarely included in population-level research studies, service intake forms or client notes. This lack of data collection across the spectrum of aging policy & programs means that providers often lack the information they need to better understand & serve LGBT elders & if they want this information, they must collect it themselves. This guide gives providers suggestions on effectively collecting data on sexual orientation & gender identity by outlining why collecting data on LGBT older adults is important for service delivery. It also provides how to incorporate sexual orientation & gender identity questions into client forms & helpful suggestions for discussing sexual orientation & gender identity with older clients.
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