Town hall focuses on LGBTQ seniors research

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LGBT Seniors Town Hall Meeting

Researchers from the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University will host a town hall meeting to report its findings from a study conducted in Vancouver last year highlighting some of the unique challenges, and the strategies for dealing with them, for LGBTQ seniors.

With our Canada’s senior population expected to reach an estimated 23% of the population by the year 2030, the demands on resources for such things as long-term care will continue to grow. LGBT seniors face even greater and unique pressures.

“In short the meeting will be to discuss now the concerns including health, housing, end-of-life planning, social and home support that LGBT elders may face in the years ahead,” says Robert Savage.

The purpose of the study, conducted in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, was to find out how older LGBT Canadians prepare for end-of-life, seek and consider care, engage their networks of support, and the role of technology in serving these needs. Following the Town Hall meeting, the next phase in the project is the development of a website providing a full description of the results and the launch of the British Columbia LGBT End-Of-Life Resource Inventory.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place Wednesday, January 28 starting at 7pm at the SFU Downtown Campus (7000 – 515 West Hastings St).  All are welcome to attend, but as seating is limited an RSVP is required by emailing lgbteol@sfu.ca.

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