Exploring the health needs of older lesbians and gay men in Metro Vancouver

Date created: 
2008
Keywords: 
Older gays -- Congresses
Gerontology -- Congresses
Aging -- Congresses
Older people -- Care
Homosexuality -- Canada
Homosexuality -- Health aspects -- Canada
Lesbian
Gay
Health
Homosexuality
Aging
Older gays
Abstract: 

Gerontological research examining the lives of older lesbian and gay adults is limited. The unique health needs of this sub-population remains unclear. This research addresses this gap by exploring the following research questions: 1) What are the specific health needs of older lesbian and gay adults? 2) How are the specific needs of older lesbian and gay adults unmet? and 3) How can healthcare agencies better address the needs of older lesbian and gay adults? This study is guided by a feminist/queer perspective synthesized with an ecological framework. In depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 17 individuals aged 50+ who reside in Metro Vancouver. Participants self-identified as either lesbian or gay and reported at least one chronic health condition. The findings of this research can be used to increase equitable health service delivery, inform policy development and resource allocation, as well as provide a foundation for critical health research.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
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Department: 
Department of Gerontology - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)
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