25 November 2009

New discussion paper on dementia lesbians and gay men

The Hon. Michael Kirby to launch Alzheimer’s Australia discussion paper: ‘dementia, lesbians and gay men’
Alzheimer’s Australia: 19 November 2009
Alzheimer’s Australia in association with ACON and Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT launched the discussion paper, ‘Dementia: Lesbians and Gay Men’ on Thursday 19 November 2009.

The paper was launched by the Hon. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

The recent Access Economics Report, ‘Keeping Dementia Front of Mind’, predicts over 1.1 million Australians will have dementia by 2050. As a consequence, the health care system and the quality of life of Australians will come under even greater pressure.

The impact of dementia on the GLBTI community is already beginning to present itself. Although lesbians and gay men face many of the same challenges around dementia as heterosexuals, such as advanced care planning, assessment, community or residential care arrangements, many also face additional challenges such as social isolation, relationship recognition and navigating a complicated legislative environment.

Alzheimer’s Australia’s discussion paper, Dementia: Lesbians and Gay Men, provides practical advice on the issues many lesbians and gay men with dementia and their carers may face. In addition, it is a valuable resource for practitioners working in health care and related fields. > read Paper No. 15

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