New Study Confirms Unique Challenges Of LGBT Seniors | A new study from the University of Washington reinforces the reality that LGBT older adults face many unique mental and physical health challenges. LGBT elders have higher rates of disability, depression, and loneliness and are more likely to smoke and binge drink compared to heterosexuals of similar ages. Lifetimes of victimization and discrimination contribute to poor health, and 21 percent of elders continue to hide their identities from health care providers for fear of being denied care. The good news is that LGBT elders are incredibly resilient, with 91 percent engaging in wellness activities and 90 percent feeling good about belonging to their communities. The results of this study jibe with the groundbreaking study conducted by the Movement Advancement Project last year on impacts of stigma on LGBT seniors.