Scoping Literature Review: Experiences of Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults, With Diagnoses of Dementia, Who Use Residential Long-Term Services and Supports

Tetyana Shippee, B. R.Simon Rosser, Morgan M. Wright, Cailynn Aumock, Rajean Moone, Kristine M.C. Talley, Phil Duran, Carrie Henning-Smith, Sean Cahill, Jason D. Flatt, Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Samuel Greenwald, Teresa McCarthy, Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

The number of sexual and gender minority (SGM) older adults utilizing residential long-term supports and services (LTSS) will increase in the forthcoming decades. Paradoxically, while requiring more LTSS services than their non-SGM counterparts, SGM older adults are less likely to access these services, partly due to fears of discrimination. Furthermore, SGM older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) present unique challenges and opportunities for LTSS facilities. This article provides a scoping review on the intersection between experiences of SGM older adults with AD/ADRD who use residential LTSS. This review identified three themes: (1) the experiences of discrimination among SGM residents in LTSS facilities, (2) the need for comprehensive staff training in residential LTSS to ensure proper care of SGM populations, and (3) the crucial role of inclusive facility policies. As the number of SGM older adults is expected to increase, further research is necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-576
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2024

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
  • dementia
  • long-term services and supports
  • policy

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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