Isolation, socialization, recreation, and inclusion of LGBT elders

Debra A. Harley, Linda Gassaway, Lisa Dunkley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

5 Scopus citations


As people age, social support systems are essential, especially for LGBT persons who might be at greater risk of social isolation. Each person has a different experience and subsequent propensity for isolation. For many LGBT elders, social inclusion continues to be aspirational, with limited authentic and sustained progress having been made in this area. In this chapter, the influencing issues of socialization and inclusion/exclusion of LGBT elders are examined. The unique circumstances across the life span for LGBT elders that may either help or hinder opportunities for socialization and inclusion are discussed. Social inclusion to successful aging of LGBT elders is reviewed to gain insight into some of the explanations of their withdrawal from social and recreational functions. The significance of family involvement is explored. Finally, policy on social inclusion of elders is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


  • Exclusion
  • Inclusion
  • Isolation
  • Recreation
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Isolation, socialization, recreation, and inclusion of LGBT elders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this