“But What About Our Elders? Issues for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults” by Theodore Hutchinson, PhD
For too long, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) folks have been left behind in conversations and advocacy related to the larger LGBT community. Within the last several years, thankfully our larger societal conversations about Trans and GNC identities have opened up. Yet there is still a group of Trans/GNC who remain fairly invisible. They are our Elders.
This session is designed to identify various challenges unique to older Trans and GNC folks. We will look at both the emotional/psychological aspects of older aging Trans/GNC folks, as well as practical institutional and structural challenges. These will center around mental health, housing, isolation, relationships, long-term care, death and dying, and the unfortunate dearth of knowledgeable health care providers who serve older adults and their unique needs. Resources for providers will also be discussed and available.
1) Identify the unique challenges faced by older Trans and GNC folks, to include health care, mental health, and practical living issues.
2) Identify strategies and advocacy that can be employed to support older Trans and GNC folks.
3) Learn about resources that can be drawn upon in providing support for older Trans and GNC folks.