Lumacare is proud to have been invited to share our paper on Addressing Inequalities with Inclusivity in Practice at the 2018 International Federation on Ageing at the 14th  Global Conference! In 2017 Lumacare’s focus was addressing inequalities and supporting individual senior needs initiated the development of a cross-agency LGBTQ+ inclusivity toolkit. Once updated, this toolkit will provide Toronto-based Community Support Services with tools to identify and address discrepancies in inclusivity affecting the day-to-day lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors.

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Addressing Inequalities with Inclusivity in Practice

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults are thrice hidden, invisible as older adults, members of a sexual and gender minority, and as a community compelled to adopt self-protective measures against severe discrimination and sexual harassment. A widespread lack of LGBTQ+ supports and services also exacerbates the problem of not being seen and heard. Consequently, LGBTQ+ seniors can experience disparities in care and support, have unmet social and health care needs and be subject to potential health risks, which challenge the capacity to age while maintaining social, mental and physical well-being. Inequalities, therefore, exist in the ongoing care and support of LGBTQ+ older adults.

Lumacare, a Toronto-based service agency for seniors, is committed to enhancing, engaging and empowering Canadian older adults with diverse and equitable strategies that are essential to attaining or maintaining an acceptable quality of life. In 2017 Lumacare’s focus on addressing inequalities and supporting individual senior needs initiated the development of a cross-agency LGBTQ+ inclusivity toolkit. This toolkit provides Toronto-based Community Support Services with the tools to identify discrepancies in LGBTQ+ inclusivity affecting the day-to-day lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors.

Lumacare’s LGBTQ+ inclusivity toolkit delivers a proactive and comprehensive means to remove the obstacles to being seen and heard. It provides the best practices to address inequalities in health, social and community care so that organizations are able to accommodate, advocate and promote the ongoing care and support of LGBTQ+ older adults. This multi-level approach to meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ elders is called inclusivity in practice. Inclusivity in practice is a systematic means to include LGBTQ+ seniors in the larger senior community so they can have their needs met, voices heard and overcome the challenges of growing older while also maintaining their independence and quality of life.