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Panel 2: Equity and Respect in Health for LGBT2SQ Seniors

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Moderator: Hershel Russel (they/them)

Hershel has extensive experience designing and leading capacity-building trainings in a broad range of organizations. They have contributed to international debates in writing and at conferences, served on the CPATH and WPATH Education Committees and been actively involved in program and policy development with health-care providers and government decision-makers.

A RESEARCH-BASED FILM TO ENHANCE QUALITY OF HOME CARE SERVICES FOR OLDER LGBT2S ADULTS

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Presenter: Dr. Alisa Grigorovich (she/her), Assistant Professor,  Brock University

Dr. Alisa Grigorovich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her research focuses on older adults and their formal and informal caregivers, with particular attention to stigma and inequity across diverse care settings.

Description: Many older LGBTQI2S adults avoid using formal home care services for fear of encountering discrimination and disrespect from providers. Our film combines documentary footage of interviews with LGBTQI2S older adults and advocates, as well as dramatized vignettes based on research to model examples of how to provide quality care to LGBTQI2S older adults in the context of common home care interactions. In this presentation we will screen scenes from the film and explore their potential for reducing stigma and improving gaps in knowledge regarding LGBTQI2S older adults in home care services.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Enhance awareness of stigma towards LGBT2SQ seniors in home care;
  • Increase understanding of how to enhance quality of home care for LGBT2SQ seniors

EQUITABLE INCLUSION OF 2SLGBTQI+ ELDERS AND SENIORS IN THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM

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Presenter: Tom Warner (he/him) Senior Pride Network Toronto / Chair

Tom Warner has been an activist for queer liberation and rights for 50 years. A former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner and author of two published books, Tom is currently Chair of The Senior Pride Network Toronto and a member of the board of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.

Description: This presentation will address how, for 2SLGBTQI+ elders and seniors, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder that the LTC system in Ontario is neglectful of, or unresponsive to, their particular health issues, needs and concerns. COVID-19 outbreaks in LTC homes highlighted the long-standing systemic discrimination and the many unaddressed issues, inequities and failures within the LTC system. This presentation will discuss the critical systemic improvements that are urgently required to ensure that LTC homes are sensitive to and inclusive of the needs, care preferences, and life experiences of diverse 2SLGBTQI+ elders and seniors. It will argue the pressing need to integrate 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity and respect for 2SLGBTQI+ elders and seniors in the LTC system.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how COVID-19 outbreaks in LTC homes impacted 2SLGBTQI+ residents of LTC homes.
  • Gain understanding of the systemic discrimination, unaddressed issues, inequities and failures in Ontario’s LTC system in respect of 2SLGBTQI+ residents of LTC. 
  • Learn about the specific, systemic improvements that are required to ensure that 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity and respect for 2SLGBTQI+ elders and seniors are integrated into the LTC system and LTC homes.

LGBT2SQ LATINX SENIORS IN TORONTO: LEADERS OF THEIR OWN PARADIGM CHANGE

Presenter: Celeste Bilbao-Joseph (she/her), HIV/AIDS Mental Health Clinician, Center Spanish Speaking Peoples (CSSP)

Celeste works as Mental Health Clinician at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Center for Spanish-Speaking People (CSSP). She focuses on the LGBTQ+ Latin American community, using an anti-oppressive lens. She developed the first support group for Latinx trans women in Canada, and she works with Family Services Toronto, to eradicate gender-based violence in LGBTQ+ Seniors.

Description:

Society tends to reject sexuality in old age in general and in cases of sexual diversity, the problem intensifies. In the specific case of LGBT2SQ Latinx seniors, they also experience other types of discrimination, such as machismo, agism, racism, social isolation, and invisibility. All these factors have a direct impact on their health.

Since 2018, CSSP and Family Services Toronto have partnered in the Neighbours, Family and Friends public campaign, working to eradicate gender-based violence in LGBT2SQ Latinx seniors. Educational workshops, radio/TV/social media interviews and community events have been hosted, making LGBT2SQ Latinx seniors the leaders and makers of their own paradigm change.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific social determinants of health in LGBT2SQ Latinx seniors.
  • Awareness of anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches.
  • Identify inclusive best practises.

EXAMINING THE INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES OF LGBT SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE

Presenter: Peter Brink (he/him), Professor, Lakehead University

Description: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people over the age of 50 are a vulnerable yet resilient group who experience unusual stressors as their health deteriorates. This study examines LGBT-related policy in long-term care, where the findings of a survey of LGBT policies are discussed. This study contributes to the growing body of knowledge regarding older LGBT adults’ concerns about long-term care by examining policy-related care of residents identifying as LGBT.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • A better understanding of the state of LGBT care in long-term care.
  • What the policies are for LGBT care in long term care.
  • Help identify what needs to be done to improve care of LGBT seniors.

“I FIRMLY BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER!”: 2SLGBTQI+ MIGRANTS’ CALL TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS

Presenter: Roya Haghiri-Vijeh (She/her), Professor of Nursing, Centennial College and PhD Candidate, University of Victoria

Roya Haghiri-Vijeh has been a nursing faculty at Centennial College since 2010 and is an active member of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Rainbow Nursing Interest Group. Roya is a nursing PhD Candidate at University of Victoria with a focus to enhance and advance the health and social care needs of migrant 2SLGBTQ+ peoples.

Description: 2SLGBTQ+ communities have experienced discrimination from social and healthcare professionals, and this has led individuals to not seek healthcare or avoid disclosure of their identities and orientations. A review of literature demonstrates that migrant 2SLGBTQ+ people face unique challenges as they arrive to a new country. Similarly, older adult migrants may have experienced agism in addition to transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and racism.

This presentation draws on research that aimed to understand experiences of migrant 2SLGBTQ+ people with nurses and healthcare professionals in Canada.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Utilizing qualitative research methodology of Gadamerian interpretive phenomenology that is informed by intersectionality.
  • Themes that emerged from interviews with migrant 2SLGBTQ+ people.
  • Recommendations to improve practice, policy, and education when providing care for migrant 2SLGBTQ older adults.
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