Caring for LGBTI people with dementia
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Caring for LGBTI people with dementia

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:05 Written by // Ron Hughes

Alzheimer’s Australia SA has launched a new LGBTI-sensitivity program for Health and Aged Care professionals caring for people with dementia.

The two day training program, “Caring for LGBTI People with Dementia”, is aimed at assisting health and aged care professionals to challenge the status quo and think beyond conventional norms.

“LGBTI people are often referred to as the ‘invisible’ Australians; ageing and dementia can place them in the position of needing to depend on health and aged care services,” Kathryn Cunningham, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia SA said.

“This can be extremely confronting because discrimination and prejudice have taught them to be wary and to conceal their sexual orientation, gender identity, or being intersex.”

“Dementia doesn’t discriminate and neither do we, our new training program for health and aged care providers is a great step to ensuring that services become more aware and inclusive of LGBTI people,” Cunningham said.

The next two day training program will take place at the Gawler Sports and Community Centre on August 13 and 20.

The next after that is at the Fullarton Park Community Centre on September 11 and 17.

Alzheimer’s Australia will be running the program once every calendar month with locations for October and November yet to be decided.

Health and Aged Care professionals interested in this free training should contact Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia 08 8372 2100

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

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Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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