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    Trans Elders Count

    By Dr. Marcy Adelman

    Do not let the Trump administration erase transgender elders from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) survey that determines how federal funding is spent on elder care and support. We only have to July 24 to respond to proposed changes to the HHS’s National Survey of Older American Participants.

    Your letters and emails do make a difference! HHS responded to receiving over 14,000 letters from individuals and 89 different organizations, such as SAGE and Openhouse, by restoring sexual orientation questions to the Older Americans Act survey. The data from these questions will help to ensure funding for programs targeted to the needs of LGB elders. But it is not enough.

    HHS did not restore questions about transgender elders.

    Go to: to sign the petition and send a letter to keep transgender elders visible and counted. 

    Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, is co-founder of the non-profit organization Openhouse. She is also a leading advocate and educator in LGBT affirming dementia care and a member of the Advisory Council to the Aging and Adult Services Commission.