LGBTQ older adults face unique challenges to healthcare and support. These resources can help you learn about local and national organizations that advocate for the equality of LGBTQ older adults.

One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for LGBTQ Iowans and allies. Inclusion on our website does not warrant or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or outcome. You must fully vet each resource.

Know of a resource we should list? Email [email protected] to submit it for consideration.

Iowa Resources

LifeLong Links | 1-866-468-7887

A free state-wide service providing information and referrals for older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, and caregivers as they begin to think about and plan for long-term independent living. LifeLong Links is connected to Iowa’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

Health & Wellness

Find One Iowa’s full list of health resources for all ages here:

State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps older Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage.

Ron Maruca, open & affirming volunteer counselor

UnityPoint Clinic LGBTQ – Des Moines
Staff has undergone training through the Safe Zone Project to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients.
1221 Pleasant St, Ste 200
Des Moines, IA 50309

UnityPoint Clinic LGBTQ – Prairie Parkway – Cedar Falls, Waterloo
Designated a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for policies and best practices aligned with LGBTQ patient-centered care.
5100 Prairie Pkwy Suite 300
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

The University of Iowa LGBTQ Clinic
Provides full-service health care to meet the LGBTQ health care needs.
UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa River Landing
105 E. 9th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
855-467-3700 (toll free)

Central Iowa VA
Offering medical care, mental health services, and support for LGBTQ veterans, including PreP, hormone replacement therapy, speech therapy, wigs, padded bras, gaffs, binders, packers, STP devices, and more.

Drew O’Leary BSN, RN LGBTQ Veteran Care Coordinator Pronouns: he/him/his
515-418-2440, call or text.
3600 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50310

Prime Timers Central Iowa
A social membership club offering older gay, bisexual and transgender men friendship, activities, support and personal growth.

Steven Therrien
[email protected]

National Resources

AARP Pride
Offers news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of interest to older LGBTQ Americans, and their families and friends.

600 E Court Ave # C, Des Moines, IA 50309

Prepare to Care Guide LGBT
For caregivers and those who may be receiving care in the LGBTQ community.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Addresses special concerns of LGBTQ caregivers, including an online LGBTQ community support group.

LGBT Elder Hotline | 1-888-234-SAGE
Confidential hotline providing information and local resources as well as an opportunity to talk with trained peer-support volunteers about issues including isolation, relationships, bullying, family concerns, HIV/AIDS and much more.

The Care Plan
Affirming services for LGBTQ including guidance on planning for the future and providing care management.

Contact Jacqueline Boyd: [email protected]; 630-479-0083

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Works to improve the quality of services and supports offered to LGBTQ older adults. Offers insight and resources covering LGBTQ older adult needs.

SAGE provides services and advocacy for LGBTQ elders.

SageCare USA
Provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers.

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