Aging, Health and Well-Being
We are committed to promoting resources for our LGBTQI+ community that are welcoming and that value equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
Elder abuse is more common than we like to think. Elders are often more dependent, more isolated, may have difficulty understanding and communicating. This makes them an easy target of abuse. LGBTQI+ elders may further suffer abuse because of sexual and/or gender identities and expression. Sadly, abusers may be family, caregivers, employees, friends and/or neighbors. If you are an elder experiencing abuse or if you suspect that an elder is being abused, please reach out to GET HELP.
Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
No one needs to go through this journey alone. The Desert Southwest Chapter empowers and supports individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada.
ARC (Administration of Resources and Choices)
In Tucson, ARC provides emergency, temporary shelter for adults over the age of 60 in need of emergency temporary shelter and late-life domestic violence services for those living in abusive situations.
Center for Community Dialogue
The Center for Community Dialogue & Training—a program of Our Family Services—helps Southern Arizonans discuss challenging issues in a skilled, civil, and respectful way through mediation and facilitation, communication trainings, and events that build skills and spread constructive dialogue.
These treatment centers offer safe, welcoming environments where everyone is celebrated for who they are. If you identify as LGBTQI+, you are invited to check out CODAC’s health and wellness support services that include mental health care (counseling and therapy as well as psychiatric assessment and medication management), physical health care, and connections to support groups and community groups. Referrals to other LGBTQI+ resources, including referrals to hormone replacement therapies, are available.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
The Food Bank has sites throughout the greater Tucson area and Southern Arizona where those in need can find food resources. They feed hungry people today and work towards a hunger-free world.
Interfaith Community Services
ICS is often the place to go in Pima County for those who have nowhere else to turn. ICS programs enable seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and independent in their homes. They also assist individuals and families facing food hardship, job loss and financial crisis regain stability and gather the resources to move forward to self-sufficiency.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
JFCS provides a variety of sliding-fee counseling programs, as well as help for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.
Medicare: What Same Sex Couples Should Know about Medicare
Married same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as married opposite-sex couples when it comes to government benefits like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
With more than 65 years of experience advocating for older Americans, NCOA offers resources to help seniors and caregivers navigate aging.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The country’s first and only technical assistance resource center improves the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. They provide training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.
Our Family Services
The mission of Our Family Services is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen community through counseling, education and skill building, and providing services for elders and adults with disabilities.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families and friends through:
- Support for parents, families, straight/gay spouses and LGBTQ people.
- Education, both individually and in our community.
- Advocacy in a grassroots fashion for equal rights – not special rights – for our relatives and friends.
PFLAG provides the opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and ways to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare
This compassionate program offers help for housebound seniors and disabled individuals in providing a loving home and humane care to their animal companions.
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
This designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. PCOA offers a multiplicity of services and programs for older adults and is inclusive of LGBTQI+ older adults.
Help Line: 520.790.7262
Pima County Citizen Alert
Pima County’s Everbridge is a mass notification system that notifies you quickly of regional emergencies, including imminent threats to health and safety. Messages could warn of potential safety hazards, law enforcement situations, evacuations, severe weather, gas leaks, or other emergency situations. When you sign up, you specify just how you would like to receive notifications.
This free online service lists independent (not assistive care) housing for all people, regardless of race, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, national origin or sexual orientation. 1-877-428-8844.
Search for apartments by zip code, price, number of bedrooms, handicap accessibility, access to public transportation, and other features. See if you are eligible for Public Housing or other low-income housing options, at http://pimacountyhelp.org.
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered are welcomed. If you think you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint online at www.hud.gov/complaints or call the Southwest Fair Housing Council at (520) 798-1568.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE elevates the voices of LGBT elders on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government. SAGE works with state-level advocates to extend vital protections to same-sex couples and participates in the White House Conference on Aging. SAGENET is a coalition of affiliates in local communities nationwide.
Social Security for Same-Sex Couples
This is a federal U.S. government site that provides info about U.S. Social Security benefits for same sex couples.
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
Cultivating a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action is SAAF’s mission. Their scope of services includes the EON Youth Lounge and the Anti-Violence Project, which offers 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy for LGBTQI+ victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. The program also offers case management, housing assistance and safety planning. Bilingual Anti-Violence Crisis Line: 520-624-0348 and 1-800-553-9387.
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA)
Support and advocacy for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities helps ensure that transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people have basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. SAGA provides support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.
TIHAN – Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network
TIHAN offers classes, resources, and services to help people with HIV live well. They work within a network of faith communities to 1) promote education and prevention of HIV/AIDS, 2) educate clergy and laity in offering support to those affected by HIV/AIDS and 3) advocate in the community for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
TMC for Seniors
Get informed about health and wellness issues important to seniors, socialize, and access community classes and resources.
Transgender Medicine at El Rio Health
El Rio provides affirming, respectful, high-quality healthcare to the Tucson Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Services for LGBT
VA healthcare for sexual and gender minority veterans includes hormone treatment, substance use/alcohol treatment, tobacco use treatment, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections/PrEP, intimate partner violence reduction and treatment of aftereffects, heart health, and cancer screening, prevention and treatment.