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Handbook of LGBT Elders

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies

Harley, Debra A., Teaster, Pamela B. (Eds.)

2015, Approx. 1000 p. 25 illus. in color.

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  • ​Focuses on the growing elder population of the LGBT community
  • ​Includes unique populations of LGBT elders (veterans, offender populations, rural settings)
  • Provides interdisciplinary and international perspectives
  • Explores models to improve service delivery
  • Offers instructional features for classroom use
This handbook addressees the myriad of issues facing older LGBT individuals from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to guide service providers who lack the appropriate information to better understand and serve the aging LGBT community. As they age, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals face an array of unique barriers and inequities that can affect mental and emotional well-being, overall health, safety and financial security. Compounding this is the fact that LGBT elders are often invisible, or worse, discriminated against in aging service demographics and program planning (French, 2013). The lack of data and research across the spectrum of aging policy and service delivery can exacerbate the unique challenges facing LGBT elders. The first of its kind, Handbook of LGBT Elders provides a comprehensive overview of trends, implications and future directions for policy, practice and research in this area.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » LGBT Elders - Older LGBT Adults - Sexual Identity - Social Work Theories and Practices - Theories on Public Health and Practice - Theories on Sexual Identity

Related subjects » Psychotherapy & Counseling - Public Health - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

​​​Foreword.- I. Foundations of Agining and Sexual Identities.- Theories, Constructs, and Applications in Working with LGBT Elders in Human Services.- Sexual Minority Status and Aging.- Late Adulthood Development.- Deconstructing Homophobia, Heterosexism, Sexism, and Ageism.-  The Intersection of Identities: Race, Age, Sexuality, and Care Network.-II. Multicultural, International, and Select Populations of LGBT Elders.- African American and Black LGBT Elders.- American Indian LGBT Elders.- Asian and Pacific Island LGBT Elders.- European LGBT Elders.- Hispanic/Latino LGBT Elders.- Elder LGBT Veterans.- LGBT [Ex]-Offender Populations.- Immigrant LGBT Elders.- Transgender Elders.- Bisexuality: An Invisible Community Among LGBT Elders.- III. Mistreatment and Victimization of Older LGBT.- Aging and Mistreatment: An Overview.- Mistreatment and Victimization of LGBT Elders.- Elder Bullies and Impact on LGBT Elders.- IV. Health Care and Mental Health.- Impact of Health Care Reform on LGBT Elders.- Healthcare Practices with LGBT Elders.- LGBT Elders in Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities and Residential Communities.- End-of-life Issues for LGBT Elders.- Mental Health Counseling of LGBT Elders.- Substance Abuse Intervention with LGBT Elders.- V. Policy, Legal, and Ethical Issues.- Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage.-  Ethical Standards and Practices In Service Delivery.- VI. Family and Community.- LGBT Elders in Rural Settings.- Law Enforcement and Public Safety of LGBT Elders.- The Role of Clergy in Addressing the Needs of LGBT Elders.- LGBT Issues in the Workplace: The Intersection of Ageism and Sexual Identity.- Recreation and Leisure.- VII. Counseling and Human Services Delivery.- Counseling LGBT Elders.- Advocacy and Community Needs Assessment.- Disabilities Among LGBT Elders.- Trends, Future Directions and Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research on LGBT Elders. 

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