Event Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Do you have dementia or know of someone with it? What is the support like? This question generally tends to receive a mixed response. However, have you thought about what it might be like to have dementia and be from the LGBT community? You might wonder why this would make any difference.
Anecdotally, we have heard that people with dementia from the LGBT community are often marginalised and under-represented across health and social care settings. For instance, according to Stonewall one in eight LGBT people accessing social services in the last year have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Three in ten trans people have experienced this discrimination, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people who have accessed social services within the last year are also more likely to have experienced discrimination (24%) as are LGBT disabled people (18%).
For reference, there are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the UK; and although it is not currently easy to calculate figures for the number of LGBT living in the country, surveys suggest that around 6% of the UK’s population currently define themselves as LGBT.
This webinar will highlighted the importance of considering the support that people with dementia from the LGBT community require. Our guest presenters were Adrian Beaumont from Opening Doors London, Mike Parish, whose partner Tom has HIV-associated dementia, and Patrick Ettenes who is living with dementia.