November 20, 2014

Resources on Ageing and Dementia for Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) People

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Dementia, transgender and intersex people : do service providers really know what their needs are?
Alzheimer's Australia SA August 2014
This report looks at the issues associated with accessing health or other aged care services and considers transgender and intersex people both as caregivers for those with dementia and as people with dementia.  The report also aims to identify the gaps in knowledge of the needs of these communities and provide recommendations for the health professionals.

Beyond a rainbow sticker : A report on How2 create a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) inclusive service, 2012 - 2013
In 2010 Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) piloted a program to assist health and human services organisations develop practices and protocols that are inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) clients. The program is called: How2 create a GLBTI-inclusive service. The How2 pilot was successful and was repeated in 2011, in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health1. A third program commenced in 2012 and its achievements are the focus of this report. This report opens by describing the context that led to the development of the How2 program. Section Two provides an outline of the program and underpinning principles. Section Three outlines a program logic model and describes some of the changes noted by the facilitators in this third iteration of the program. Section Four presents six case studies written by change facilitators who participated in the program. The final section provides a list of additional resources for GLBTI inclusive practice. Like its predecessor, the second report on the How2 program makes an important contribution to our growing understanding of what constitutes GLBTI-inclusive practice in Australia and internationally.

LGBT aging at the Golden Gate : San Francisco policy issues & recommendations
(2014) The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Aging Policy
Task Force and this final Report are products of a community effort to raise the profile of issues affecting LGBT seniors in San Francisco. The Task Force was established at the urging of LGBT community members following a community-led process that started in the San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Advisory Committee.
The whole of me: meeting the needs of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals living in care homes and extra care housing : a resource pack for professionals
Age Concern England
“This timely resource pack is an excellent guide for managers
and staff on how they recognise and respond to the particular
needs of everyone who uses the service they provide. Whilst most people agree that everyone should be treated equally, it is not always clear what this might mean in practice – this pack provides a clear explanation. It sets out clearly the type of support that older lesbians, gay men and people who are bisexual might need, and encourages managers and staff to think about their own attitudes and approaches. I hope it will be widely used.”
Dame Denise Platt DBE
Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection

Don't look back? improving health and social care service delivery for older lgb users
Equality and Human Rights Commission, Manchester UK
The existing evidence suggests that LGB people face many of the same issues as other members of society when ageing, including health and care concerns, however, their experiences and needs are mediated through a range of forms of disadvantage and discrimination related to their sexual orientation, and other aspects of their identities. Understanding how this affects the lives of older LGB people, and what it may mean to be older and LGB when accessing health and social care is at the heart of this paper.
It’s not just about sex! Dementia, Lesbians and Gay Men
Heather Birch, presentation to the 2009 Alzheimer's Australia Conference
Alzheimer's Australia commissioned the preparation of a discussion paper on Dementia, Lesbians and Gay Men. The aim of the project was to encourage discussion and debate about the issues affecting lesbian or gay people with dementia or caring for someone with dementia. It addresses the issues associated with the interaction between service providers and lesbian and gay people with dementia and their family carers, including the complexity of family relationships and barriers that may affect care provision and quality of life. The paper provides a historical and legislative context and uses case studies to illustrate the challenging and complex relationships that may exist between service providers and lesbian and gay people with dementia and their family carers. The presentation will include suggestions to assist services to provide sensitive and appropriate care and support.
Report for the Department of Health And Ageing In Relation To Services For LGBTI Ageing And Aged Care Strategy From The National LGBTI Health Alliance
These consultations aimed to gather detailed feedback on the draft Strategy from stakeholders and to highlight any emerging issues and themes for the Alliance to provide to DoHA.
Fifteen consultations were held across each state and territory in Australia, including each capital city as well as regional centres. Apart from the two preliminary consultations held before DoHA’s writing of the draft Strategy, the consultations were open to the public and included:
o Older LGBTI people
o Carers of older LGBTI people (including family, friends, and social networks)
o LGBTI community organisations (including service providers and advocacy groups)
o Aged Care Sector organisations (including peak bodies and providers)
o Government and related policy makers (including local, state and industry)









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