New guide to promote dementia care is launched

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: From the left, Rachel Nauewlaerts, Clare Beckett, Cathy Henwood and Paul Smithson at the Midland Hotel From the left, Rachel Nauewlaerts, Clare Beckett, Cathy Henwood and Paul Smithson at the Midland Hotel

A guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are living with dementia was revealed at Bradford’s Midland Hotel yesterday.

‘Dementia Doesn’t Discriminate’ is part of the Alzheimer’s Society and Bradford Council’s commitment to creating a dementia-friendly city for everyone.

Cathy Henwood, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Research has shown that older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people are statistically more likely to live on their own and can become isolated in their communities.

“Coupled with this, many older LGB&T people worry about ‘coming out’ to service providers so they can find it difficult to access the sort of support services that are available if they are concerned about dementia or need help to live well with the condition.

“Dementia Doesn’t Discriminate is designed to help support people and signpost them to Yorkshire-based organisations such as the Equity Partnership and Labrys Trust who can help.”

Rachel Nauwelaerts of the Equity Partnership said: “It has been fantastic working with the Labrys Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society on this much-needed resource. We hope that the information in the leaflet will encourage those that are worried to seek support.”

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