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For Immediate Release

February 19, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: NHCOA releases first of its kind report on status of LGBT Hispanic older adults

In collaboration with SAGE and DEC, NHCOA examines the unique struggles and challenges of LGBT Hispanic seniors.

[New York, NY] The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers, in partnership with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) – will release the report of its national study on the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Hispanic older adults during a press conference on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. at The SAGE Center in New York City. The study, entitled In Their Own Words: a Needs Assessment of Hispanic LGBT Older Adults, was conducted by NHCOA, with financial support from the Arcus Foundation, and will be released in collaboration with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Diverse Elders Coalition.

The report is a result of a qualitative needs assessment that NHCOA conducted in order to better understand the experiences of aging, and the socio-economic and health challenges facing the LGBT Hispanic older adult community. Specifically, the research focused on understanding LGBT Hispanic older adults’ perceptions of the aging experience; identifying their unique health  and socio-economic challenges; exploring the culturally appropriate strategies to better serve this population; and determining gaps in knowledge requiring further research.

The study and report are particularly important, as they are the first to focus exclusively on LGBT Hispanic older adults and the particular concerns that they face while aging. NHCOA will use the findings of this report to improve the lives of LGBT Hispanic older adults by making key recommendations to legislators and health care providers on their behalf.


WHO: The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers; Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE); and the Diverse Elders Coalition

WHAT: Press conference to release In Their Own Words: a Needs Assessment of Hispanic LGBT Older Adults – NHCOA’s report on the status of LGBT Hispanic older adults. Speakers include: Dr. Yanira Cruz, President & CEO, NHCOA; Michael Adams, Executive Director, SAGE; Roz Lee, Senior Program Officer, Arcus Foundation; Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute and Jason Coates, Public Policy Associate, NHCOA. Geo Genaldo, a gay Hispanic elder will also be available for questions and interviews.

WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The SAGE Center, 305 7th Ave., 15th Floor (between 27 and 28 Streets), New York, NY 10001

WHY: Understanding LGBT Hispanic older adults’ concerns, perceptions and challenges is critical to develop programmatic and policy solutions as lawmakers develop public policy and federal programs intended for the U.S. aging population.

 INTERVIEWS: For interviews and photos contact Christina DaCosta at


SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to promoting, educating, and advocating for research, policy, and practice in the areas of economic security, health, and housing for more than 30 years. Hispanic seniors currently represent 7% of the U.S. older adult population, and by 2050, they will make up 20% of the nation’s older adults. In light of the rapid growth of the Latino aging population, NHCOA also empowers Hispanic older adults and families through leadership development to enable them to age with dignity and become their own best advocates. To achieve its mission, NHCOA has developed a Hispanic Aging Network of community-based organizations across the continental U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that reaches millions of Latinos each year. NHCOA also works to ensure the Hispanic community is better understood and fairly represented in U.S. policies. By encouraging a multicultural dialogue and sharing the best of our talents, NHCOA believes in building a stronger America in which we can all age securely, with dignity, greater self-sufficiency, and in the best possible health.

The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people. Founded in 2010, and comprising five national organizations representing millions of diverse older people, the DEC focuses on strengthening policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of diverse elders, educating and connecting our older people and their loved ones to key policy debates on aging, and increasing public support for issues that affect our communities.

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