Gay Seniors Have New Retirement Community Options

Retirement communities are a common option for seniors who are seeking activities, health care and a like-minded community. For gay seniors, though, finding a community that meets their needs can be challenging. And the recession and housing disaster have made it even more difficult.

Living in a retirement community with mostly straight seniors might not appeal to the gay community because they could face being ostracized by other seniors who don’t accept them, says Walter Meyer, a writer and gay activist in San Diego, who has worked as a liaison between the gay community and housing developers.

“There clearly is a need, but it was right at the time of the real estate collapse,” says Meyer of a project he worked on in San Diego, which failed to be completed.

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