Strong social connections help keep older adults happy and healthy while leading longer lives. LGBTQ+ older adults are twice as likely to live alone, increasing their vulnerability to be socially isolated. LGBTQ+ older adults with HIV also have higher rates of isolation, which has been proven to negatively impact health and well-being, especially for cognitive function and ability.
LGBTQ+ advocates have fought for civil rights and brought huge strides in LGBTQ+ equality and progress. However, many of these individuals and others have found themselves with higher levels of loneliness and social isolation.
Chosen Family recognizes the unique risks that loneliness and isolation have on elder LGBTQ+ patients and is dedicated to improving the human and social connection of all of our patients. Through a unique caregiver matching program, emphasis on cultural competency, and connecting patients to partner programs and activities, Chosen Family strengthens social connections and the positive impacts they have on patient satisfaction, happiness, and health outcomes.