Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's/dementia is difficult under the best of circumstances, but folks in the LGBTQ+ community face additional challenges because of their identity and a lifetime of marginalization and trauma. Caregivers might be reluctant to take advantage of resources in the community, fearing discrimination or hostility. They might feel unwelcome in support groups. Or they might forego medical care for their loved one because they don't have an "official" status to make decisions. They might even face stigma within their own community about aging and memory loss.
Join us for a presentation about the Aging With Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action). This project seeks to help adults with memory loss and their care partners who are LGBTQ+. This is the first federally-funded project designed to better understand the aging, health, and well-being of LGBTQ+ midlife and older adults and their families. In addition to discussing the project, we will talk generally about the needs and vulnerabilities of LGBTQ+ caregivers, along with strategies and resources that can help them.
The presenter is Amy Cunningham, a research coordinator at the University of Washington in both the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work. She is leading the School of Social Work's Aging With Pride Project: IDEA.
This program will be held on Zoom. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link. For questions for more information, contact Amy DelPo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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