May 03, 2017

The invisibles - LGBT and aging and sexuality

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Invisibles : vintage portraits of love and pride
A charming collection of vintage photos of gay couples privately and often secretly celebrating their relationships. This volume is a unique collection of photographs of gay couples from 1900 to 1960. While this is a time many now regard as the deeply closeted "dark ages," these photos show gay couples who were clearly out (at least for a moment)-some camping it up for the cameras while others in loving or clearly domestic poses. 

Gen silent : a documentary film about LGBT aging [DVD]
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in the care setting that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep their elders from being silenced.
Gen Silent was filmed in the Boston area over a one year period. During that time, director Stu Maddux followed six LGBT seniors through their decision to either stay open about their sexuality or hide it so that they can survive in the long-term health care system.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing : biographical approaches for inclusive care and support 

This is a thought-provoking read. The biographical narratives give a fresh perspective into the lives, identities and needs of older LGBT

individuals, and it is a useful tool to help plan and implement services.

“How long will I love you?” – Sex and intimacy in later life
The themes discussed in this report highlight the importance of positive sexuality and intimacy
in the context of successful ageing and demonstrate the necessity for health professionals to
proactively engage with older people to better manage problems that impact on both individuals and couples sexual health and function. 

Continuing to build the evidence base identifying the determinants of positive sexuality in later life will inform policy and practice, as well as help develop positive health messages and lifestyle guidance to maximise the quality of sexual and intimate relations irrespective of age.

Dying Light - a film about dementia
 (12 minutes long)

Is the touching story of Eva, a strong willed elderly woman who is struggling to look after herself or make sense of her own life as dementia takes over.

* Eva finds refuge in the passionate memories of her youth, of her life as a lover and a young mother. Those memories become more vivid and real to her than the world that currently exists around her dying light

* from a prizewinning short story, also entitled Dying Light.

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