Monday 16 July 2018
Dementia Australia has released new dementia resources to better support people living with dementia who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI).
These resources have been designed to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services available for people who are LGBTI, their families, carers and friends.
Dementia Advocates Edie Mayhew and Anne Tudor, who were part of the development of these resources, said they were thrilled to have been involved.
“It was so personally reassuring to be a part of a group that so enthusiastically contributed to this project, by sharing ideas and resources that had been built up over time,” Ms Tudor said.
“I’m confident the resources will be valuable in supporting members of the LGBTI community with a diagnosis of dementia, and couples, family and friends of the LGBTI community impacted by dementia.
“The resources also provide a great educational source of information for service providers working with LGBTI clients who have historically experienced so much discrimination and rejection in the past.
“People from the LGBTI community want to be able to trust they will be treated respectfully and equally in care and services. These resources will hopefully empower and reassure the LGBTI community, and allow service providers to better understand how to provide quality of care to a previously marginalised group.”
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that traditionally, resources for LGBTI people living with dementia had been difficult to access.
“In producing these resources, we were privileged to work with Anne and Edie along with others and focus on the unique challenges faced by LGBTI people living with dementia in accessing credible information on dementia care,” Ms McCabe said.
“We are very excited to have launched these resources for members of the LGBTI community living with dementia, their families and carers and the health care community. They provide access for the LGBTI community to find information and support to assist them live the life they choose and engage in the activities that are important to them.”
To access these resources please visit www.dementia.org.au/resources/LGBTI or for more information on dementia, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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