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Dr. Kristie Seelman

Sexual Minority Older Adults: Addressing Health Disparities and Promoting Healthy Aging

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“There is . . . evidence that older LGB adults are likely to face unique social, economic, and biological challenges that are related to a lifetime exposure to discrimination, violence, and stigma. They are also likely to experience rejection from a family of origin or from the religious community they may have grown up with, and so, those factors influence their wellbeing as they age.”

Dr. Kristie Seelman

In this episode, our guest Dr. Kristie Seelman discusses the unique challenges that lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults face, as well as the need for services that are culturally competent and account for their unique realities. She describes her current research emphasizing coping strategies and differences in mental, cognitive, and physical health among sexual minority older persons.

Kristie Seelman, PhD, is an assistant professor for the School of Social Work at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She earned her PhD and MSW from the University of Denver. Dr. Seelman’s research focuses on improving social welfare services and education settings for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) people, developing LGBTQ-affirming policies, and addressing health disparities affecting LGBTQ people across their life course. She is currently co-chair of the LGBT track for the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) annual program meeting and serves on the CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression.

Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD

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