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Sage Metro Detroit Friendly Caller Program

| March 26, 2018

About the Friendly Caller Project

All older adults face significant challenges as they age, including social isolation.  For LGBT older adults this issue is compounded by years of legal discrimination and the generational social stigma faced by LGBT people in historic and contemporary society, creating serious concerns for health and longevity.

For more information about receiving calls to stay connected or volunteering as a friendly caller, please contact Keisha Watkins-Dukhie at (248) 567-2363 or kwdukhie@sagemetrodetroit.org.

LGBT older adults are twice as likely to age without a partner and twice as likely to live alone.

7 out of 10 LGBT older adults live alone compared to just 3 out of 10 heterosexual, cisgender older adults.

Only 10% of LGBT older adults have children to help care for them compared to 80% of heterosexual and cisgender older adults. LGBT older adults are also more likely to be estranged from families in ways that further limit support.

Keisha Watkins-Dukhie

Keisha Watkins-Dukhie

Program Coordinator

(248) 567-2363 or kwdukhie@sagemetrodetroit.org

SOCIAL ISOLATION

An abundance of research has underscored the negative effects of social isolation on the physical and mental well-being of older adults. Because many LGBT older adults are more at-risk of experiencing social isolation as they age, they are more likely to experience some of these negative health effects, including depression, anxiety, disability, infection, chronic illness, and cognitive decline.

Social isolation can be even more pronounced for LGBT older adults of color and transgender older adults, in particular. Regular calls through the Friendly Caller Program may alleviate stress and improve health among LGBT older adult participants by providing increased connections and support.

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