A special update from the Silver Rainbow project at World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics
The 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy and Practice, was held from the 22 July – 27 July in San Francisco. There were over 7000 attendees from all around the world.
The conference had a good focus on LGBT ageing with a pre conference workshop, numerous symposiums and poster presentations.
The workshop “Global Ageing: Building a Framework for Culturally Informed Sexuality, Gender and LGBTQ Health Research” looked at the differing social and cultural meaning of age, sexuality, gender and health as it relates to conducting research inclusive of LGBTQ older adults, their families and communities.
Two of the poster presentations: One on Home Care Experiences of Older Lesbians, by Sandra Butler of the University of Maine. The other was a Scoping Review of the End of Life Needs of LGBT Older Adults, University of Ottowa, University of Guelph and Lakehead University and the International Longevity Centre, on behalf of the Canadian Government in response to a recent change in laws enabling assisted dying.
Samantha from our Silver Rainbow Project is part of 2 symposia. One with the Royal District Nurses Service, “The interplay of diversity characteristics: does it enhance participation in healthcare”. Her presentation was on implementing diversity concepts into practice, focusingon LGBTI elders”. The 2nd was with SAGE and Egal on “LGBT older adults in Australia, Brazil and the US: research, practice and new ground” presenting on LGBTI elders in Australia, emerging research and the national strategy.
A more in depth over view of the conference and presentations, with links to research where possible, will be sent out as the next Silver Rainbow Health Update.