Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community: A Hidden Problem
Compared to heterosexual age peers, LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone, less likely to be partnered, less likely to have children and have higher rates of loneliness and isolation – well known risk factors for elder abuse. In a unique collaborative project, to be described in this presentation, queer older adult creative writers were brought together with queer youth activists and elder abuse/family violence researchers to create LGBT-relevant videos, posters and fact sheets. Phase 2 featured Town Hall meetings in 6 communities in British Columbia, Canada plus two “Dialogue Sessions” with service providers to the two largest ethnic minorities in the province (Chinese;SAsian). Project outputs include 3 videos and 5 poster/fact sheets. These tools were well received by Town Hall and Dialogue Session attendees, triggering active discussion and visits to our website (www.sfu.ca/lgbteol) where they may be downloaded free of charge. This project demonstrated that the silos that characterize services to abused older adults, the LGBT community, minority seniors, and the general population of seniors can be bridged. The tools developed fill a gap in relevant resources for this often marginalized sub-population.