Despite the recent shift towards greater recognition of the need for tailored services for older LGBTQI individuals, and greater sensitization of the issues, this growing population still experiences stigma and discrimination, negatively impacting their health and well-being. Care pathways and caregiving are of vital importance for older people but are more challenging for older LGBTQI people seeking such services later in life. This session will explore the issues experienced by older LGBTQI people while navigating care pathways and caregiving options.
William Alvarado Rivera, Senior Vice President for Litigation at AARP Foundation will begin the discussion and present on his experiences working at the intersection of sexual orientation/ identity and ageing. Jairo Ramos Quintero a Human Rights Trainer from Panama, Brenda Appleton, Co-Chair of the Victoria, Australia LGBTI Taskforce and SAGE CEO Michael Adams will join William Alvarado Rivera in a discussion on the experiences of older LGBTQI people navigating care and care options.
Invisibility and marginalization due to social exclusion, institutional structures, and social or family pressures to “go back into the closet” prevent older LGBTQI people from seeking out and receiving necessary care and services. LGBTQI communities also often rely more on friendship and community support networks rather than traditional family systems which is a source of great resilience, but also poses a unique set of problems for older LGBTQI people. Gloria Gutman, Professor Emerita Gerontology and LeZlie Lee Kam, LGBTQI Activist will continue the discussion on care pathways and caregiving, focusing on additional intersections including elder abuse and the importance of intergenerational relationships.