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Diversity through Inclusive Practice: An Aging LGBTQ Perspective

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Title: Diversity through Inclusive Practice: An Aging LGBTQ Perspective
Author: Boulé, Jess
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Wilson, Kimberley
Abstract: This research project investigated the health and aging experiences of 21 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer (LGBTQ) adults, between 60 and 79 years of age, so as to identify the perceived service and support needs of this population. Participants engaged in focus group discussions. An inductive theoretical thematic approach was used to analyze the data. Participants described a desire to be included and safe within Canadian society. Participants anticipated age-related losses and as such, expected a greater use of and dependence on health and social care services. Despite greater LGBTQ visibility and inclusive care, participants perceived care services and facilities to not be prepared to offer safe and competent support. Participants, described employing positive aging strategies to overcome discrimination and support the health of LGBTQ seniors living in Ontario. Recommendations for inclusive practice, related to community, health and social care and directions for future research are discussed.
Date: 2018
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