Marvell Adams Jr.’s enlightening chapter delves into the anticipated demographic shifts and the consequential need for equity in aging services.
With a focus on the BIPOC and LGBT communities, Adams critically examines the existing long-term services and supports (LTSS) system, advocating for a redesign that champions inclusivity, cultural competency, and representation.
His narrative not only brings to light the challenges faced by marginalized aging populations but also serves as a call to action for creating systemic changes within the elder care ecosystem.
EXCERPT: “Of the projected 25 million additional older adults anticipated by 2040, over half are expected to be BIPOC. The Baby Boomer generation stands as the last cohort where people of color constitute a minority within the older adult population. Furthermore, according to the 2021 US Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, the older adult Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is estimated to be approximately 8% of both the 55-64 and 65+ populations. Compare that with adults aged 40–54, a.k.a. Generation X, with nearly 18% identifying as LGBT and the projected changes in the diversity of older adults become even clearer.”