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.

One Iowa Resources

LGBTQ Older Adults Tea Time
Join us the third Wednesday of each month for our LGBTQ Older Adults Tea Time. A space where folks can join together in community with one another, make new connections, share stories and spend time with other older adults in the community.

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:

COVID Recovery Iowa
The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19. Iowa Department of Human Services has contracted with several providers throughout the state. These trained professionals are providing counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear.

Iowans of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.

For more information, check out their website: https://covidrecoveryiowa.org/

If you have additional questions contact:
Michelle Hatch DeMarie–Specialty Coordinator

(515) 290-0772

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
1-800-351-4664

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
1-515-241-7397

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
319-222-2710

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
319-467-2000
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]
515-422-7870

National Resources

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

AARP Iowa
600 E Court Ave # C, Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-2272

SAGE
SAGE provides services and advocacy for LGBTQ elders.

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

SAGE Cents
SAGE Cents is a digital wellness platform made specifically for LGBT elders to increase financial stability and reduce the economic stress.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • education

    LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit 2020 (All sessions)

  • LGBTQ Older Adults Event, virtual

    Empowering and Preparing the Ones You Trust to Make Decisions and Provide Care

  • LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit: COVID-19 Best Practices: A Panel Discussion

  • LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit: Building Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives with Intention

  • educate, health

    Eastern Iowa LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference