Inclusive health and social resources for LGBTQ Older Iowans

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.

LGBTQ Older Adults Health & Wellness Resources

One Iowa LGBTQ Friendly Caller Program
The One Iowa Friendly Caller Program connects LGBTQ older Iowans with members of the LGBTQ community through weekly phone calls. Regular calls through the Friendly Caller Program may alleviate stress and improve health among LGBTQ older adult participants by providing increased connections and support. The pilot program will launch in Fall 2021. You can apply as a volunteer, participant or learn more about the program here.

Iowa Mobility Management 
Mobility Coordinators focus on meeting your individual transportation needs by identifying transportation options and service providers while offering education on how to use public transportation.

They educate local communities and enhance awareness of available mobility options and play an important role in travel training.

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.

Alzheimer’s Association-Iowa
With a focus on diversity and inclusion, the Alzheimer Association provides all populations resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Trained clinicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any reason at 1-800-272-3900.

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.

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

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.

LGBTQ Older Adults 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

SAGE provides services and advocacy for LGBTQ elders.

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

  • LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference

Gary Moore

One Iowa has been the go-to organization for thoughtful responses to issues arising in the community. The LGBTQ Older Adults Conference has been another such response. It provides leadership and workshops to thoughtfully explore the needs of our gay seniors, those that led the way 30-40 years ago and can continue to do so with our help.

  • Gary Moore
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