22 Oct Gay and Gray: SunServe Opens First-Ever Gay Adult Care
by Steffany Skelley Gilmer
With the rising rates of LGBT Baby Boomers, groups like South Florida’s SunServe have begun to offer LGBT-specific senior gay care, providing social outlets for seniors to get the care they need without having to go back into the closet.
“A large LGBTQ population has chosen the greater Fort Lauderdale area to live in and retire to. We felt our seniors should not go back into the closet as they aged and needed day care services,” SunServe Executive Director Mark Ketcham told EDGE. “We created a center that is warm and welcoming to all people. It is aimed toward the LGBTQ population but we have and will continue to accept all people for day care services.”
According to the LGBT Aging Project of Massachusetts, 10,000 LGBT American citizens reach retirement age every week. There are an estimated 3,000,000 gays and lesbians over the age of 55 in the US and by 2020, the number of gays and lesbians over age 50 will rise to nearly six million.