Journal Article

Pride or Prejudice? Gay Men, Lesbians and Dementia

Elizabeth Price

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 7, pages 1337-1352
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm027
Pride or Prejudice? Gay Men, Lesbians and Dementia

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Social workers have a professional obligation to empower service users to make independent decisions and life choices and to respect their individual lifestyle preferences. This commitment to anti-oppressive practice can be challenged when working with people who have dementia and may be particularly difficult to effectively adhere to when those diagnosed, and/or their carers, do not fit what might be described as societal norms. This article explores some of the links between a non-heterosexual identity, ageing, cognitive loss and the challenges these intersecting identities may produce for social work practitioners.

Keywords: sexuality; dementia; stigma; carers

Journal Article.  7350 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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