Thursday, June 27, 2013

We must prepare for diverse seniors who are entitled to respect

Health-care providers need to prepare for diverse seniors, Guelph forum told

ByRob O'Flanagan
GUELPH — Two-spirit, gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, bisexual, pansexual. These are terms family doctors, hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care facilities need to become familiar with and sensitive to the special needs of those who identify with them, because there is a wave coming, a Healthy Aging Forum heard this week.
An influx of Ontarians living with HIV and hepatitis C, and those who openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are approaching retirement age and they have complex social and health care needs. Their dignity and well-being in the latter stages of life, and within the health-care system, depend on equitable, fair and inclusive care, on sound knowledge and the elimination of prejudice — the kind of care that is not always afforded the LGBT community.  Read more

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