LGBT older adults are at increased risk for isolation and harm due to misunderstanding, discrimination and bias about sexual orientation and gender identity. Family caregiving takes on additional facets in the LGBT community because most older LGBT people do not have children and some are alienated from their families of origin and may have non-traditional networks of caregivers. The risk can be greater for those who identify as transgender or HIV+. Family caregivers must have a solid basic understanding of sexual minorities and gender diversity in order to deliver appropriate care for each individual. Likewise, LGBT caregivers can often be outside the traditional family structures, and their expectations and needs also must be respected as they advocate for their loved ones. This session will provide basic education about sexual orientation and gender identity, highlight some of the different issues that older LGBT adults face, and explore unique LGBT caregiver situations and experiences. This presentation offers 1.5 CEs.
Objectives: 1) Learn the basics of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; 2) Understand the major unique needs of older LGBTQ adults; 3) Learn about resources to help provide affirming care and support for older LGBTQ adults.
Presenter: Jerry Mallicoat, Executive MBA
Mr. Mallicoat is the co-founder of Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, the only organization in southwest Ohio devoted exclusively to serving older LGBTQ adults; and he leads LGBTQ Health Initiatives for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. He regularly conducts LGBTQ cultural competence education sessions for a variety of audiences across the Miami Valley, and leads community coalitions to address the mental and medical health disparities that exist in the LGBTQ community.
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