OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community: A Hidden Problem

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Gloria Gutman, CM, OBC, PhD, LLD (Hon.), FCAHS, FGSA

Dept. of Gerontology/Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus, #2800-515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B5K3, USA

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Research Interests: Senior's housing; Long-term care; Health promotion; Elder abuse; Gerontechnology; LGBT aging; Age-friendly hospitals and communities; Seniors and emergency preparedness; Increasing advance care planning in marginalized groups and ethnic minoritie

Jennifer Marchbank, PhD, Professor

Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

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Research Interests: LGBTQ2SIA+ activism; Elder abuse in LGBTQ2SIA+; Interpersonal violence; LGBTQ2SIA+ history; Intergenerational work; Trans kids; 'mail order' brides; Feminist pedagogy; Refugee settlement

Claire Robson, PhD

Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

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Research Interests: Elder abuse in LGBTQ2SIA+; Critical arts research; Narrative inquiry; LGBTQ2SA+ activism; Queer elders.

About This Topic

The editors encourage researchers to submit theoretical and empirical articles on the under researched area of elder abuse of 2SLGBTQ+ persons. 2SLGBTQ+ older adults face particular vulnerabilities that can make them experience elder abuse in ways that are specific to their communities and that can present additional barriers to their health and well-being. 2SLGBTQ+ older adults face isolation, a lack of social services and a deficit of culturally competent service providers and are more likely to live alone than their heterosexual peers. When 2SLGBTQ+ individuals do experience abuse, shame and a desire to be seen as normal may make them reluctant to report it, while fear of disclosure and/or homophobia are thought to keep many abused 2SLGBTQ+ adults from seeking help and services. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that elder abuse, along with most aspects of aging, is insufficiently discussed in 2SLGBTQ+ public fora or media. We invite articles that address these areas and gaps in our knowledge. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches are all acceptable.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (geriatrics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Research Article

Characteristics of Elder Abuse Perpetrators by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the Abused: Findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Received: 20 December 2023;  Published: 16 April 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2402278


Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) older adults may be more vulnerable to elder abuse (EA) due to prior marginalization and trauma, lifelong discrimination, and health disparities. While characteristics of both victims and perpetrators can modify the risk for EA, few studies have focused on perpetrators. This study examined the number and t [...]
Open Access Research Article

What Do We Know about an Invisible Issue? Results of a Scoping Review of Elder Abuse and Gender and Sexual Minorities

Received: 04 January 2024;  Published: 18 March 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401274


Elder abuse occurs to older adults who are members of gender and sexual minorities (GSM). Whilst most of that abuse is similar to that experienced by their heterosexual and cisgender peers GSM older adults face particular vulnerabilities due to their life experiences and changes. In this article we report on our findings from a literature [...]
Open Access Review

Trajectories and Status of Transgender Elderly Across the World and in Spain: A Narrative Review

Received: 06 November 2023;  Published: 27 February 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401271


Older trans people have been largely unaddressed both in the context of the LGBTIQ+ community and in studies on geriatrics and aging. This literature review compiles up-to-date information on transgender elders, providing a summary of the Spanish historical context in which trans people have been raised, and analyzes the areas in which to [...]
Open Access Commentary

Older LGBTQ People and Religious Abuse: Implications for the UK Regulation of Care Provision in Later Life

Received: 16 October 2023;  Published: 21 February 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401270


Research suggests health, social care, and social work professionals who are highly religious, and adhere closely to traditional doctrine, are more likely to take a negative view of LGBTQ people. This includes those who provide services to older people. Negative attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or queer (LGBTQ [...]
Open Access Research Article

The Indigo Project: Participatory Action Research with Gender and Sexual Minority Survivors of Elder Abuse

Received: 27 November 2023;  Published: 31 January 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401267


Though research suggests that older adults belonging to gender and sexual minorities (GSM) are at greater risk of abuse and neglect, more needs to be done to investigate this situation, provide solid data, offer support to survivors and better inform those providing services. This article reports on a participatory action research project [...]
Open Access Concept Paper

Using Elder Abuse Case Studies to Develop LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency

Received: 16 July 2023;  Published: 15 January 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401266


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) elders are vulnerable to both the “usual” types of elder abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse, along with neglect), and with abuse that is specific to the context and history of LGBTQ+ elders. Training for adult protective services, long-term care ombudsmen, and [...]
Open Access Original Research

Sexual Orientation and Risk for Elder Abuse: Findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Received: 03 October 2023;  Published: 04 December 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2304260


This study addresses knowledge gaps concerning prevalence and risk factors for elder abuse among sexual minority (SM) compared to heterosexual Canadians aged 65+. Data derive from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a national cohort study. Outcome variables include self-reports of psychological, physical, or financial abuse in the 12 [...]