Late again with this post. Not sure now why I promised a new post every Friday when now I rarely manage to post it on time. 😦
Enough moaning about my own tardiness, this is more important!
Earlier this month the International Longevity Centre (ILC) released a report by their own researchers and other researchers based at University College London (UCL), and Cardiff University. The work was funded by the Wellcome Trust. The report called “Raising the equality flag: Health inequalities among older LGBT people in the UK” which you can download from HERE pulls together the results from a project conducted across two phases: a scoping review of existing evidence and a new analysis drawing on
several existing UK datasets.
Their research, like previous research concluded that a lifetime of prejudice and stigma is leading to worse physical and mental health, poorer access to health and social care, as well as greater levels of social isolation and loneliness among older LGBT people Moreover, older non-heterosexual men are more likely to be living with a long-term limiting illness and have lower overall life satisfaction.
These health inequalities have been ongoing issues for many years and while there may some improvement in attitude there seems to be very little improvement on outcomes.
So what needs to be done? Well to reinforce the points that this report makes we need
(a) ensure mainstream health and care services are inclusive, i.e. they provide environments where older LGBT people feel safe and comfortable (Are they not supposed to be able to do this already?)
(b) Develop a national standard or quality assurance framework around equality and diversity training for the needs of older LGBT people.
Presumably because we aren’t doing (a) already 😦