Issues for the gay community and dementia care
Lesbian and gay people are largely overlooked when it comes to thinking about Alzheimer's disease. Media attention seems to focus mainly on younger people to the extent that gay and lesbian issues seem to be something for the under 40s. Nothing could be further from the truth of course, but the older generation brought up in an era of little if any tolerance are more likely to be hidden from view.
Why dementia care issues different for lesbians and gays
The current generation of lesbian and gay people are largely hidden from view within care arrangements. For many, this has been a feature of their life and it extends into their twighlight years. As a more vocal and open generation follows behind, caregiving services need to consider how they will react to these needs.
Information about Gay and lesbian services for dementia
The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.
For a detailed look at lesbian gay bisexual transgender issues of ageing read:
Aging in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Communities. A report by the City and County of San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Ageing and Adult Services Commission 2003.