Health and Well-being of Aging LGB Adults in California

By Soon Kyu Choi, Krystal Kittle and Ilan H. Meyer
August 2018

Findings from the 2015-2016 California Health Interview Survey finds that LGB older adults in California are as healthy as their straight counterparts. However, among LGB older adults, bisexuals and Hispanics/Latinos exhibit poorer health and well-being than their lesbian and gay and non-Hispanic peers.

LGB and straight older adults in California had similar experiences in terms of where they lived (urban or rural areas), access to health care, overall health and specific health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. However, one of the significant differences between the groups was that LGB older adults were more likely to live alone.

According to the study, 3.5 percent of adults in California age 50 and older identify as LGB. Approximately 268,800 identify as lesbian or gay and 163,000 as bisexual.

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