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NOAGE's mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. In partnership with its constituents and allies, NOAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.
New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was created from a steering committee of concerned residents and older adult service providers to address the challenges facing LGBT older adults in the New Orleans area. LGBT older adults often face discrimination when seeking medical treatment, have a higher rate of poverty, are sometimes isolated after the loss of a significant other, and often feel the need to go back into the closet when living in a long term care facility. The unique challenges faced by LGBT older adults require a unique response. NOAGE provides trainings on LGBT older adults' healthcare and psychosocial needs to local healthcare providers. NOAGE also hosts educational and social/educational events and services for the LGBT older adult population of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. As advocates on behalf of the LGBT older adult community, NOAGE is committed to ensuring that all LGBT older adults can live their best lives with the dignity and respect that they deserve.