August 2014

posted 08.28.2014
By Ken South Caregiving for an elderly, frail person is an intimate experience, a loving act—a gem of human kindness. In this country, the greatest numbers of these caregivers are volunteers, usually family members and friends, but for LGBT elders and their caregivers, there is a noticeable twist…
posted 08.28.2014
By Cathy Croghan Having an informal caregiver significantly helps elders to avoid nursing home placement and remain in the community as they age. The unpaid care provided by an informal caregiver, in contrast with formal caregiving by paid staff (nurses, social workers, home health aides and…
posted 08.28.2014
By Imani Woody We, (those of us older than 50) are now finding out what Bette Davis knew, that “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Those of us who are also lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) may have additional challenges including homophobia and heteronormativity, which can send us…
posted 08.28.2014
By Eboni Green The movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 provides an excellent yet heartbreaking example of how the lack of acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships can complicate grief both while caring for a loved one and once the loved one has passed away. In the film, set in the early 1960s,…
posted 08.28.2014
By Kristina Hash When I was a teenager in the ’80s we lived with my grandmother, who had dementia. My mother was a “woman in the middle”—she had a few children at home, a parent who needed care, a full-time job, a husband and a house to take care of. My grandmother had helped to raise me so I was…
posted 08.28.2014
By Ken South LGBT elders face the same challenges of living alone these days, as do their heterosexual counterparts, but with additional barriers. For instance, while heterosexual elders may find it hard to live alone, a majority of them have adult children available to them, even if they live…