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Some of the things we never think about... by canaveralgumby on 10 June 2006 8:15pm
 
Where do gay seniors retire?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060610/ap_on_re_us/gray_gays_2
 
Re: Some of the things we never think about... by perfectbitch on 10 June 2006 8:27pm
 
Interesting article cori. Funnily enough, if I ever came into some money, I have thought of running a retirement/nursing home for gays. In the 70's, I worked with an elderly gay man called Bobby. He was in his late 60's and had adopted his "boy" so that he could inherit when Bobby died. Bobby was s slight man from the Bronx who had been dressing as a girl and singing on the streets from 3 years old. He was a burlesque perfoemer in his heyday and kept me enthralled on many a long shift with outrageous stories of fun and intrigue. His boy, David, was about 6ft 4 ins and a gentle giant who adored Bobby and cared for him until Bobby died.

I hadn't thought about him in years but your posting brought it to my mind. I'll raise a glass to his memory tonight.

Linz
 
Re: Some of the things we never think about... by sighthound on 10 June 2006 9:06pm
 
I think as we baby boomers age we're going to be demanding less instituitional places for us to end up in. My cousin and I have toyed with the idea of opening a retirement home where people can keep their animals (and will serve gourmet food, not institutional glop.)

One of my salukis, Kamsin, is a registered therapy dog and we visit convalescent hospitals a lot. At least half the people there are absolutely overjoyed when they see us coming. Many get tears in their eyes when they tell me about the pet(s) they had to give up to be taken care of there. I've seen amazing things happen with seemingly catatonic patients who come back to life when I help them pet my dog.

The best place I visit is now allowing patients to keep cats if they are able to take care of them themselves and many places are starting to have live-in therapy animals - a most humanizing trend. (The food still leaves much to be desired though....)
 
Re: Some of the things we never think about... by tucsonmike on 11 June 2006 6:21am
 
I have thought about it and yet had not. Could you imagine a Palin fans retirement home? LOL! It would be important to be in with like minded folks etc.

I looked at the Yahoo article Cori put up. Maybe we can be like the inmates in Waiting for God. We can give Harvey Baines a good whuppin' on a regular basis.
 



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