Furthermore, research links a history of social inequity to greater risks of cognitive decline and dementia. For too long, 2SLGBTQI community members faced discrimination, including in health care, with many experiencing care refusal, misgendering and partner nonrecognition.
Though inclusivity is improving within our society, the reality of prejudice remains, which stokes fear and presents distinct barriers for the community, particularly when seeking diagnosis and treatment for dementia.
Egale, Canada’s leading charitable organization for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people, aspires to challenge these issues head on, to increase understanding and to end discrimination for 2SLGBTQI people living with dementia and unpaid care partners.
In 2019, Egale partnered with the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), a public policy and research centre at Toronto Metropolitan University dedicated to successful aging.
With funding by a Dementia Community Investment Grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the project launched in December 2020 and consisted of three generalized phases: research, education and building awareness.