LGBTI and Dementia: Understanding Changes in Behaviour - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

LGBTI and Dementia: Understanding Changes in Behaviour

Understanding why a person with dementia is experiencing changes in behaviour is critical to developing effective person-centred care. When caring for an LGBTI person with dementia, the right background and knowledge can be lacking.

Many LGBTI elders have experienced discrimination, violence, isolation, and stigma throughout their lives. These elders often do not - or feel they cannot - disclose their identities or past experiences.

To better support LGBTI people with dementia in their care, Dementia Support Australia have partnered with LGBTIQ+ Health Australia to co-design a new booklet entitled LGBTI and Dementia: Understanding changes in behaviour.

This free booklet LGBTI and Dementia: Understanding changes in behaviour provides:

  • important historical events that have shaped LGBTI people and provide context for their care
  • causes of changes in behaviour and considerations specific to LGBTI people
  • useful services and resources
  • a glossary of terms.

Aged Care Quality Standard 1 states every person in Australia has the right to access quality, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services that meet their individual needs. This booklet helps staff provide a supportive and informed approach to care by understanding what an LGBTI person may have experienced in their life and how this may impact their behaviour.


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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
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