2015 LGBT Conference on Dementia

A timely educational conference designed for diverse Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual and Transgender older adult caregivers, their care receivers with cognitive challenges, family and friends, as well as healthcare/social service providers and policy makers.

According to a recent report published by the San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, LGBT older adults have unique barriers to accessing information about and services for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. This program, a full day of lectures, presented the experiences and perspectives of LGBT caregivers and community members experiencing these challenges, and how the provider community can best respond to their needs. Speakers focused on person-centered assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia in diverse LGBT older adults; LGBT caregiver well-being; practical approaches to communication; family and cultural issues related to team-based health care; behavioral and other alternative interventions for dementia-related symptoms; and how to identify, access, and use effective healthcare/social service resources in mainstream and LGBT-welcoming institutions.

Sen. Mark Leno Introduces LGBT Conference on Dementia

Michelle Alcedo: The Changing Horizon for Diverse LGBT Care Partners

Karen I. Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD: Health Equity and Aging of LGBT Older Adults

David Coon, PhD: Dementia Care: Considerations for LGBT
Affirming Assessment & Support

Lou Bordisso, Ed.D. : Living with Alzheimer's: A Personal Perspective

Geoffrey Kerchner, Phd: Alzheimer’s Disease - The Latest Updates on Diagnosis and Treatment

J.Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA: Be Prepared! Lessons for the Living

Lawrence McGlynn MD: Substance Use and Effects on Cognition in the LGBT Senior Population