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Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen Addresses Health Disparities Amongst Older LGB Adults

Posted: 9/12/2017 (CSDE Research)

According to a study co-authored by affiliate and Professor of Social Work Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults over the age of 50 are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions than their heterosexual peers. The study, which was published in the August edition of the American Journal of Public Health, finds that older LGB adults are more likely than heterosexual adults of the same age to suffer from pain the low neck or back, have a weakened immune system, and face disability or mental distress. Their findings indicate that sexual minorities not only face physical and mental health issues at a disparate rates as younger adults, but are also at a higher risk for developing certain conditions later in life. The full study is available below.

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