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San Francisco will open first affordable housing for senior citizens
'In a city that is in some ways very youth-focused, it’s nice to have a home that’s specifically about seniors.'
San Francisco is to build affordable housing for queer senior citizens, a first for the city.
The housing comes as a result of a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Housing, Openhouse, a nonprofit LGBT organization, and Mercy Housing.
On 23 March, the city celebrated the gran opening of their first LGBTI-welcoming senior apartments.
Gay Star News
Frequent sexual activity can boost brain power in older adults
Researchers found that people who engaged in more regular sexual activity scored higher on tests that measured their verbal fluency and their ability to visually perceive objects and the spaces between them.
The study, published today in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, involved 73 people aged between 50 and 83.
Participants filled in a questionnaire on how often, on average, they had engaged in sexual activity over the past 12 months -- whether that was never, monthly or weekly -- as well as answering questions about their general health and lifestyle.
Man 'whose girlfriend died choking in oral sex accident' cleared of murdering her
Richard Patterson, 65, was acquitted of second-degree murder over the death of Francisca Marquinez.
His defence was that Marquinez, 60, had choked to death on his genitals because of their size, according to reports.
Americans living longer — in some states, longer than others: study
We’re living la vida longer.
A new report published by JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that, since 1980, life expectancy in the United States rose from 73.8 to 79.1 years.
The study — led by Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle — was a population-based analysis of census and death records in counties across the country conducted between 1980 and 2014.
Ladies live the longest, the study says, with an increase in average life expectancy among women rising from 77.5 to 81.5 years of age over the 34 year span. Men still fall below women, increasing their average life expectancy from 70 to 76.7 in the same period.
NY Daily News
How does aging affect muscle tone?
Aging reduces both muscle tissue and muscle tone, according to MedlinePlus. As people age, muscle fibers shrink and muscle is replaced more slowly. These changes begin for men in their 20s and women in their 40s. As people reach middle age and beyond, Gaiam Life explains, the aging-related muscle degeneration process known as sarcopenia continues.
The Gay Midlife Crisis: It’s a Thing
I’m a 50-year-old gay man and my life is going really well. I’ve created the life I’ve always wanted with a great career, husband, and friends. However, for the past six months I’ve found myself mildly depressed for no particular reason. I had a good childhood, with a supportive family, so I don’t feel I’ve got past trauma to explore in therapy. Is this what they call the midlife crisis? Any thoughts?
Low in London
Dear Low in London,
Therapists don’t often share their own life stories. Our focus is on you, not us. But sometimes what we’ve learned from our personal challenges can inspire others. So here goes.
A couple of years ago my life looked great. In fact, some would describe it has “gay heaven.” I really did have it good. I had a wonderful relationship of 25 years (and the sex was still good); a great apartment in San Francisco (and a view); loving friends and family (with people I could tell anything); an adorable dog (I am not being biased — everyone said she was the cutest dog ever); meaningful work as a therapist (and a full practice); the appropriate amount of money saved for retirement for a person of my age (that’s what the financial planner said); good health and a super cute trainer (no photos available).
Airports and train stations are germ-infested cesspools
If Thanksgiving travel leaves you sniffling by the time the stuffing hits the table, you’re not alone. No matter how you travel for the big meal, you’re likely come into contact with massive amounts of germs, says Dr. Susan Whittier, a microbiologist at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. They’re impossible to avoid, but you can boost your odds of staying healthy by steering clear of the dirtiest spots in airports, train stations and rental cars.
LGBTQ seniors face discrimination in long-term care
Patrick Mizelle and Edwin Fisher, who have been together for 37 years, were planning to grow old in their home state of Georgia.
But visits to senior living communities left them worried that after decades of living openly, marching in pride parades and raising money for gay causes, they wouldn’t feel as free in their later years. Fisher said the places all seemed very “churchy,” and the couple worried about evangelical people leaving Bibles on their doorstep or not accepting their lifestyle.
“I thought, ‘Have I come this far only to have to go back in the closet and pretend we are brothers?” said Mizelle. “We have always been out and we didn’t want to be stuck in a place where we couldn’t be.”
“I thought, ‘Have I come this far only to have to go back in the closet and pretend we are brothers?”
So three years ago, they moved across the country to Rose Villa, a hillside senior living complex just outside of Portland that actively reaches out to gay, lesbian and transgender seniors.
Woman sues sex-toy maker for invading privacy
(NEWSER) – It's a tale for the ages: A woman buys a vibrator, uses it, and discovers the company that built it is tracking just what she does with it and how often. And yes, she's suing.
In a class-action lawsuit representing what the Chicago Tribune reports is tens of thousands of users, the Illinois woman has marched her smart dildo to Chicago to sue sex-toy company Standard Innovation. She accuses the company, which is based in Ottawa, Canada, of consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, intrusion upon seclusion, and violating the Federal Wiretap Act and the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute — and she's asking for unspecified punitive damages, reports Vocativ.
The woman reportedly bought her We-Vibe Rave for $130 in May and proceeded to use it several times before learning via a Defcon hacking convention talk (which CNET reported on last month) that her extremely personal usage was being scrutinized for marketing purposes by its maker, reports Courthouse News.
Why Some LGBT Seniors Are Pressured to Go Back in the Closet
The LGBT rights movement has made massive strides in recent years, but one group of gay Americans is being pressured back into the closet, The Atlantic reported: the elderly, who find themselves harassed and discriminated against by the staff of nursing homes and care facilities.
Anti-LGBT discrimination is still present in care facilities.
Only 22 percent of LGBT seniors felt comfortable being open about their sexual identity with staff members, according to a 2011 report in the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which surveyed seniors about their experiences in long-term elder care facilities.
About 43 percent of LGBT seniors reported being mistreated by staff members.
Multiple LGBT survey respondents said they were "prayed over" or told they would "go to hell" by staff members, the report said.
"Insisting on praying for me feels like harassment," said one participant, who chose to remain anonymous. "It took a lot of work to get staff to stop asking me about a wife, especially because I have children from a heterosexual marriage. I have been in my same-gender relationship for over 30 years."
Scammers are out to screw your grandma
Grandmas and grandpas don’t usually spend thousands of dollars on iTunes gift cards — unless, that is, they are being coerced.
A friend’s grandmother ran into the following scam last week and almost got taken for $15,000. I’ll leave names out because the grandma is already plenty embarrassed. But what she went through is internet scammers’ latest rampant con against the elderly.
The woman, who lives in the Midwest, got an early morning call from someone claiming to be her granddaughter. The girl was crying hysterically. It really wasn’t the granddaughter, but the crying was so loud she couldn’t recognize the voice.
“Grandma, I’m in jail in Las Vegas and I need help,” the weeper said.
Then a guy picked up the phone and said he was a lawyer. The granddaughter was in jail after a traffic mishap, the guy said. She had had a glass of champagne and had to get behind the wheel only because her friend was too drunk to drive, the lawyer explained.
The granddaughter hit a Mercedes, and a 3-year-old kid was injured. “She’s facing three years in jail, but I worked out a deal with the judge,” the fake lawyer said.
All Grandma had to do was buy $15,000 in iTunes gift cards and turn over the codes on the cards to the lawyer — then the whole mess would be forgotten.
It sounds too fake to fly, I know, but it is working across the country and beyond.
This terminally ill man says California's aid-in-dying law means he can end his life 'fully, thankfully and joyfully'
When doctors told Robert Stone last year that he had terminal cancer, he didn’t feel scared of dying.
Stone, a handsome man with glasses and a salt-and-pepper goatee, said he’d come to accept death as a natural part of life. What he did fear was having too little energy or too much pain to enjoy his remaining days.
So last month Stone, 69, became one of the first people in California to obtain lethal medications under a new state law that allows doctors to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients to kill themselves.
Sitting in his airy Silver Lake home on a recent afternoon, Stone explained that he won’t take the pills until the growing fatigue caused by his bone marrow cancer becomes debilitating.
Husband dies minutes after losing his wife of 63 years
PLATTE, S.D. — A husband and wife died within 20 minutes of one another side-by-side in a South Dakota nursing home after 63 years of marriage.
KSFY-TV reports Henry and Jeanette De Lange died July 31 at Platte Care Center.
The couple’s son, Lee De Lange, says his 87-year-old mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and had been in a nursing home since 2011. He says his 86-year-old father visited her daily before recently entering the same nursing home.
Lee De Lange says after his mother died peacefully, he told his father, “Mom’s gone to heaven. You don’t have to fight anymore, you can go too if you want.” He says his father looked at his wife, closed his eyes and died minutes after.
LGBT Seniors Await New Affordable Housing In North Park
Robert Bettinger has more stories than can fit in a single news article.
He's 87 and gay. He served in the Army in Japan after World War II. He’s an ordained Episcopal priest, and lobbied for that church’s move toward greater acceptance of gays and lesbians. He married a woman and raised children before coming out in 1975 and moving to San Francisco. There, he said, he met Harvey Milk and served on then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein’s gay advisory committee.
Bettinger also had two partners die of AIDS.
These kinds of experiences are shared by many in Bettinger’s generation. That’s one reason why he’s so supportive of North Park Seniors, the forthcoming affordable housing development designed for LGBT seniors. He said they need to be among their peers.
KPBS Radio News
This wacky trend could make you look 10 years younger
The latest hot beauty trend may sound like a sadistic medical procedure — microneedling basically does to your face what an aerator does to a lawn — but that hasn’t stopped celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston from signing up for it.
The anti-aging treatment is being heralded as a less invasive alternative to Botox, fillers and lasers, which can cause flare-ups of melasma and rosacea, as well as hyperpigmentation.