Publisher: The National LGB&T Partnership, et al
Dementia is at the top of the national agenda, as reflected in the National Dementia Strategy; by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, there will be an estimated 1 million people with dementia in the UK. However, there is no specific reference to LGBT issues in the National Dementia Strategy, despite the fact that LGBT communities
may also have other protected characteristics (the grounds on which discrimination is unlawful) that demand distinct social care support.
Such concerns were the focus of a roundtable held by the National LGBT Partnership with the National Care Forum, Sue Ryder and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group – the organisations collaborate under the Department of Health Strategic Partner Programme.
The aim was to consider the needs of LGBT people with dementia and how the social care workforce could provide more appropriate support.