Understanding the impact of trauma and stress for LGBTI people with dementia

Older people who are LGBTI may have lived during a time when disclosing their sexuality, gender identity, or variations in sex characteristics could lead to stigmatisation, discrimination, persecution and loss.

For a person living with dementia, the long-lasting psychological impact of reliving the trauma of these times may continue or it may reveal itself for the first time through changes in behaviour.

This help sheet provides information and tips for care staff to better understand the life events the LGBTI person with dementia may have experienced and enable tailored care and support.