Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The unique needs of older gays and lesbians: A proposed educational program for professionals and residents at skilled nursing facilities
by West, Shannon Kathleen, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 80; 1499226
Abstract (Summary)

Older gays and lesbians are a hidden minority group facing great challenges. The purpose of this project was to locate a potential funding source and write a grant to educate both professional staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities about the needs of this population.

The educational sessions will be presented at numerous skilled nursing facilities. The funding source was through the National Institute of Health whose mission includes addressing issues of discrimination within health care settings.

The overall goal is to enhance the quality of care for residents, particularly gays and lesbians. The sessions' objectives include increased knowledge about the needs of older gays and lesbians, improved attitudes about sexuality and sexual orientation among older persons, and increased comfort levels when interacting with sexual minorities.

If funded, the program would increase needed services to a vulnerable population and create empowerment among an often invisible group.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, GLBT Studies, Aging, Health education
Publication Number: 1499226
ISBN: 978-1-124-85280-5
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