New Study Sheds Light on the Struggles of QTPoC Suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia

A new report by the Alzheimer's Association and SAGE, an advocacy group for queer and trans seniors, finds that for LGBTQ+ folx, seeking medical assistance for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia is often much more difficult than for straight and cisgender individuals. Medical institutions and health care establishments have historically been hostile and sometimes even violent towards QTPoC, so it is not surprising that the community is reluctant and hesitant when seeking diagnoses, treatment, and education for and about these diseases.

In the study, it specifically cites seven main areas that exacerbate the struggles of impaired QTP0C: stigma, social isolation, poverty, health disparities, sexuality and sexual expression, barriers to utilizing existing services, and living with HIV/AIDS.

The Alzheimer Association and SAGE recommend that medical organizations and healthcare providers work to help their QTPoC patients to “expand their definition of family, while also increasing their LGBTQ+ cultural competency, finding or creating support groups specifically for LGBTQ+ people, partnering with local LGBTQ+ community groups and political organizations, and helping LGBTQ+ people and their families with legal and financial planning.”

It is also vital that the QTPoC community focus on shifting community discourse and social scenes to be more inclusive of impaired QTPoC. This medical crisis is a concern that should be addressed by all members of the community, and not just by those directly affected.  

Further reading:

New Report Identifies Unique Challenges for LGBT Community Facing Alzheimer's and Other Dementias (PDF file, via Alzheimer's Association)

 

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