Dementia, women and sexuality: How the intersection of ageing, gender and sexuality magnify dementia concerns among lesbian and bisexual women

The journal Dementia has just published a paper I have written, ‘Dementia, women and sexuality: How the intersection of ageing, gender and sexuality magnify dementia concerns among lesbian and bisexual women.’  The key points in the paper are as follows:

1. Lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual women are differently impacted by dementia and dementia services.
2. Heteronormative and heterosexist community and residential care provision can compound the difficulties experienced by lesbian and bisexual women living with dementia, in ways which do not affect heterosexual-identifying women with dementia.
3. Those women most likely to require community and residential care provision for individuals with dementia – lesbians and bisexual women – are least likely to have their identities recognised and supported.
4. This may be contrary to Equality and Human Rights legislation and UK social policies.

This is a very important issue, as yet un-addressed by policy-makers, service providers and advocacy organisations. Please spread the word far and wide to raise awareness!

If anyone would like a copy please email me.

Sue Westwood

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