Hospice Foundation of America Webinar to Focus on Supporting LGBT Community

Published: March 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Hospice Foundation of America will present a live, online webinar focusing on "Supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community through Illness, Death and Grief" on Wednesday April 20 from 1pm – 2pm ET. This live webinar features Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, of George Washington University, who will discuss the challenges faced by this community and how organizations can better serve older LGBT adults and their loved ones. Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, will discuss the psychosocial issues that may occur as LGBT individuals and their loved ones face illness and death.

"Aging and death don’t discriminate. Whether someone is heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, everyone grows older," states Dr. Doka. "Yet during their lifetime, LGBT older adults have faced legal and societal barriers, and many older LGBT individuals may feel reluctant to seek and accept health care and social services."  There are between 2 and 7 million older LGBT adults in the US. This webinar will look at some of the challenges that this community faces in accessing inclusive, compassionate health care at the end of life. The presenters will discuss how hospice providers and other organizations can examine their programs and policies to ensure inclusion of LGBT information and needs, and will also discuss how grief is often disenfranschised in this community.

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