Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face increased risk of mental illness – By Helen Adamopoulos

Wallie Hall was essentially alone in the world after his partner died about seven years ago. He and his partner hadn’t gone out much, so he didn’t have any acquaintances to spend time with in Chicago, he said. He also wasn’t in the best physical shape. He felt isolated.

“I was considerably overweight,” Hall said. “I had no friends.”

The 69-year-old Lakeview resident has since lost about 100 pounds and formed friendships that have improved his mood.