Gay and Gray: What We Need to Know About Aging Gay Men

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    Feb 18, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    "...The facts speak for themselves. Older gay men are more likely than heterosexual peers to have experienced a range of negative mental and physical health conditions throughout their lifetimes. ...

    ...the confluence of these factors (homosexuality as a disease, the AIDS epidemic, and the socially imposed stigma of being gay) have unduly and negatively impacted the lives of older gay men, creating emotional and psychosocial stressors that undermine the well-being of men of my generation, a reality that extends into the lives of a new generation of gay men. ...

    ...It is time that we attend to the health of aging gay men, and of all gay men. To achieve this goal, first, it is imperative that we develop and enact a research agenda that delineates the health risks, resiliencies, and needs of gay men across all ages. We must scientifically understand the multiple factors that compromise or enhance pour health. This knowledge is critical in helping to develop effective service delivery systems, which recognize that the health of gay men is shaped in part by pathogens, to some extent by behaviors, and also by the social and structural stressors we experience as sexual minorities. ..."

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    Feb 18, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I think the only thing stoping an old gay fella from getting good medical care, attention would be the limitations he has put on himself, by not either seeking, or utilising the care there for him. Old gay men are treated little if any differently than any other old fella in Oz; albeit belonging to a minority, he may well be more advantaged.

    Many Aussie me, and men in general, Down Under in Oz, are not all that good at seeking medical help; shell be right mate.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Hmm. I'm not too convinced on the above. For many older MSM, they have a variety of worries and concerns. Where I work, some of the fears they have spoken about are around having to go into a sheltered housing complex and the fear of having to go back into the closet again. Some research has shown that many older MSM living with HIV have a horrific number of fears. Plus also having to cope with a gay scene primarily ageist.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:40 PM GMT



    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~ptrembla/gay-lesbian-bisexual/6k-elderly-gay-lesbian.htm
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    The only issue that I have with the premise is that the research seems to have a small underlying bias towards the "victimization" cycle, and that it often does not recognize how and where we have become empowered.

    Especially with key quotes such as "...The facts speak for themselves..."; I do not think that the picture is so clear.

    There are certainly, however, a number of end-of-life stage issues. Where one often becomes disempowered regardless of sexual orientation. And where old biases are still carried forward in our institutions and support structures, one way or the other.
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    Feb 18, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Wow, what double talk or triple talk .... Just send me a check .
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    Feb 19, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    And on an even cheerier note, what about our eventual fate in nursing homes? See: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/794295/
  • Kwokpot

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    Feb 19, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    I think one of the biggest disservice some gay men do to themsleves healthwise is NOT disclosing their sexual orientation and/or they are MSM to their medical providers.
    In several threads here on RJ members have stated they fear telling their physicans or see no need to discuss this matter, when it is actually quite the contrary.