The LGBTQ community may face particular challenges related to Alzheimer's and dementia, including finding inclusive and welcoming health care providers, less ability to call upon adult children for assistance, concerns about stigma and higher rates of poverty and social isolation. 

Dementia and the LGBTQ community

These documents from the Alzheimer's Association describe the issues that members of the LGBTQ community and their loved ones experience and offer guidance for navigating these challenges.
 
  • Issues Brief: LGBT and Dementia, a collaboration with SAGE, outlines specific issues of concern related to LGBTQ people with dementia, including stigma, family composition, poverty and social isolation.
  • LGBTQ Older Adults and Dementia is a guide for LGBTQ community members living with Alzheimer's or other dementia.
  • This infographic on the LGBTQ community and dementia includes important information about the LGBTQ community and dementia, including data about the challenges members of the community face accessing care.

Resources for LGBTQ community members

The Alzheimer's Association, its national partners and other organizations provide resources for members of the LBGTQ community who are living with Alzheimer's and other dementia. 
 
  • ALZConnected is a free online community for people living with dementia and their caregivers. It includes a forum specifically for members of the LGBTQ community and allies to connect with one another.
  • SAGE, one of our national partners, is a national advocacy and services organization for LGBTQ elders. It provides resources on housing, long term care, discrimination and more issues that LGBTQ older adults face.
  • SAGE operates the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. It also provides listings of local resources.
  • SAGECare provides training on culturally competent care for LGBTQ older adults, including modules on LGBTQ people and dementia and training for memory care providers.
  • The SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline connects older adults with resources. 877.360.LGBT (5428)
  • The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association advocates for health equity and provides a directory of health care providers for those seeking a LGBTQ-friendly doctor or other health professional.
  • Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Caregiver resources for LGBTQ community members

Members of the LGBTQ community who are spouses, partners and family members caring for someone living with Alzheimer's may also face challenges in finding culturally sensitive care, support networks and other resources.
 
  • LGBT Caregiver Concerns outlines important considerations for care partners and caregivers, including legal issues, accessing healthcare and disclosing sexual orientation.
  • ALZConnected is a free online community for people living with dementia and their caregivers. It includes a forum specifically for members of the LGBTQ community and allies to connect with one another.
  • The Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter offers a webinar on dementia and caregiving for LBGTQ partners.
  • SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides several resources for assistance with care planning and caregiver support. 
  • Eldercare Locator helps care partners and care givers find care for older adults. 800.677.1116
  • For resources in your specific community, contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Clinical study findings from the Alzheimer's Association

There is relatively little clinical research on the LGBTQ community and Alzheimer's and other dementia, but more researchers are exploring these important and neglected issues.