LGBTQ people with dementia should not be forced back into the closet

This article comes to us yet again from the UK-based source, The Guardian.

There are 1.2 million older lesbian and gay people in the UK, yet they are an invisible population

older gay couples

Social care services tend to assume that older service users are heterosexual. Photograph: David Poller/Zuma Press/Corbis

A colleague recently told me about two older male residents in a care home where she once worked. Staff initially supported the burgeoning friendship between the pair, who both had dementia. However, when it became obvious the men were attracted to each other and might develop a relationship, support workers stopped seating them together and threatened to tell relatives. Continue reading