Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Providing Effective Support Through Understanding Life Stories

Author(s): Richard Ward

Non-Fiction | Relationships | Growing Older | Ageing Well

Understanding the needs, wishes, and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is essential to those providing them with support and care as they grow older. This book demonstrates how biographical approaches can increase understanding about the distinct experiences and perspectives of older LGBT people. Chapters explore how life story work can offer insights into their expectations and fears surrounding care and service provision, and how issues such as past criminalisation, HIV and discrimination have had an impact on their lives and perspectives. The book also explores how to respond to the needs of older LGBT service users, drawing on the examples of projects that have built community networks and helped with service provision. This insightful book will be essential reading for all those supporting or caring for older LGBT people, as well as students and researchers in the health and social work fields.


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Richard Ward is a Project Worker in ageing and mental health at the University of Manchester, UK, and a qualified social worker. His research interests lie in ageing, dementia care, sexuality, and discrimination in later life. Ian Rivers is Professor of Human Development, Brunel University UK. His primary research interests are in discrimination, sexuality and bullying. Mike Sutherland is Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK. He works for The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, and has designed and delivered courses on sexuality, management, assertiveness and anti-bullying strategies.

Introduction. Ian Rivers, Brunel University, UK, Mike Sutherland, Robert Gordon University, UK.; 1. Stories of Care Anticipated: Life story work with older lesbians and gay men in England. Stephen Pugh, University of Salford, UK.; 2. Imagining the Unimaginable: Bisexual people envisage growing older. Rebecca Jones, Open University, UK.; 3. Ageing in Gay Brighton. Kath Browne, Jason Lim and Leela Bakshi, University of Brighton, UK.; 4. Ageing and HIV/AIDS: A qualitative study of the experiences of older HIV positive gay men living in London. Gareth J. Owen, University of Exeter, UK.; 5. 'Women Like That': Older lesbians in the UK. Jane Traies, University of Sussex, UK.; 6. Trans Life Course and Ageing: Thoughts on a life course approach in order to better understand trans lives. Louis Bailey, Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre, UK.; 7. Looking Back at 10 Years' Work with Older LGB People: The story of Polari. Lindsay River, Polari, UK and Richard Ward, University of Manchester, UK.; 9. Successfully Engaging Older LGB People and Building Community Networks. Sally Knocker, independent trainer and consultant, and Nick Maxwell, Age UK Camden.; 9. Meeting the Needs of LGBT People Affected by Dementia: The story of the LGBT Dementia Support Network. Roger Newman MBE and Elizabeth Price, University of Hull.; 10. End of Life Care and Bereavement: The concerns, needs and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual elders. Kathryn Almack, University of Nottingham, UK and Gary Stein, Yeshiva University, New York, USA. Conclusion. Richard Ward.

General Fields

  • : 9781849052573
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : July 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Ward
  • : Paperback
  • : 306.766
  • : 176