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Gerontologist. 1996 Feb;36(1):118-23.

Gays and Lesbians Older and Wiser (GLOW): a support group for older gay people.

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Essex Community College, Baltimore County, MD 21237, USA.


Gays and Lesbians Older and Wiser (GLOW), a support group sponsored by a geriatric medical clinic in the midwest, is described. GLOW has been meeting monthly for 7 years. Scheduling, professional involvement, and special attention to social support seem critical for the group's success. Older gay men and lesbians often have unique support needs that may not be met by either general services to the elderly or by gay organizations, which typically cater to a younger population. We conclude that carefully designed support groups can meet some support needs for this older population.

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