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Older LGBT people find a welcome at the rainbow café

How nurses can support people facing memory loss, isolation and the fear of discrimination?

How can nurses support those with memory loss whose life experience differs so much from others their age?

For older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who have memory issues, being asked about their past can sometimes cause anxiety, triggering painful recollections. Nurses working with this group of patients can benefit from understanding the issue and knowing how best to handle this situation.

‘There are a lot of services for people with dementia now, but many assume everyone is heterosexual,’ says Alice Wallace, director of Opening Doors London, the UK’s largest charity providing information and support services specifically for older LGBT people.

‘Some healthcare professionals are uncomfortable asking an older person about their sexuality’

Alice Wallace, director of Opening Doors London

‘Reminiscence work can be very much centred on, “Let’s get the wedding photographs out and talk about


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