Abstract and Keywords
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults are patients in geriatric healthcare settings yet are often invisible to providers. LGBT older adults remain vulnerable to providers’ assumptions and biases. Understandably, most LGBT older adults are fearful of healthcare providers and some have experienced mistreatment from providers over the course of their lives. This chapter is written to prepare psychologists and all other healthcare professionals to become more effective in their interactions and interventions with LGBT older adults. Components of the chapter include providing basic information about the historical, sociocultural, legal, and psychosocial dimensions in the lives of LGBT older adults while also recognizing the many domains of diversity inherent within this community. Specific suggestions are offered for ways in which healthcare providers might become more welcoming to LGBT older adults across a range of integrated healthcare settings for older adults.
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