Arne Stinchcombe is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University (Ottawa). He maintains expertise in psychosocial aspects of health, aging, and older adulthood. He is interested in understanding psychosocial factors that promote older adults’ continued participation in society. Current research projects are focused on understanding the psychosocial determinants of physical and mental health in older age. In particular, his research is exploring health inequalities among aging sexual and gender minorities in Canada. Dr. Stinchcombe is a member of Compassionate Ottawa’s Champion Circle. Through teaching and research, he seeks to value the diverse experiences of older Canadians.
Aging in Canada as a member of the LGBTQ2 Community: A Profile of Aging Sexual Minorities
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2) individuals in Canada constitute a diverse community. The experience of aging in the LGBTQ2 community is equally diverse yet less understood. This profile of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) older adults in Canada is based on data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national study on health and aging. Within the study of 51,208 Canadians aged 45 and older, 1,057 participants self-identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). Data from baseline indicate that LGB participants are younger, highly educated, and more often living in an urban environment, relative to their heterosexual peers. In addition to socio-demographic characteristics, this presentation will include data on home ownership, social relationships, and overall health. This presentation will include a discussion of the challenges and strengths among this population.
Manon Therriault, Seniors Policy Analyst, Employment and Social Development Canada will be presenting on behalf of:
Dr. Arne Stinchcombe, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University (Ottawa)
Dr. Kimberley Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph