Our new project launched in July 2018 aims to raise the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people affected by dementia and to support those working with people affected by dementia to better understand and meet the needs of LGBT people accessing services and support.
When we talk about LGBT people affected by dementia this includes LGBT people that have received a diagnosis of dementia or LGBT people who care for or support someone in their life with dementia- whether the person they care for is LGBT or not.
Dementia is a growing and global health challenge and ensuring equal and meaningful access to support for those affected is a matter of upholding people’s dignity, personhood and ultimately their human rights.
This project aims to increase understanding of the issues faced by LGBT people affected by dementia and help equip service providers provide inclusive services that better meet need.
Our National LGBT Dementia project aims to:
- Increase understanding of LGBT issues in relation to dementia
- Support and increase the capacity of the dementia sector to respond to these issues
- Develop an LGBT and dementia toolkit for practitioners supporting people with dementia to use as a resource
How to get involved
We know it is important that this work is led by LGBT people affected by dementia and there are lots of opportunities to be involved in the project and share your experience with us.
If you are affected by dementia and would like to find out more about getting involved in the project you can contact Megan, the Project Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 271 2330
If you are working with and for people affected by dementia and would like to find out more about our project and how we can support you to support the LGBT people you are working with then you can contact Megan, the Project Co-ordinator, on email@example.com or 0141 271 2330.
We’d also love to hear from you if you have a positive example to share of good practice in supporting LGBT people affected by dementia.
Briefing: LGBT People and Dementia
To mark World Alzheimer’s Month 2018, we are releasing our first briefing exploring the needs of LGBT people affected by dementia and the role of our new project.