Supporting a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person with dementia

People living with dementia will experience a range of challenges. Many of these will not be affected by the person's sexual orientation or gender identity. However, there are certain challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people with dementia are likely to face.

Some of these challenges will be similar whether the person is lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Others will be different. When supporting an LGBT person - as with all people with dementia - it is important to treat them as an individual. Do not assume that what is true for a lesbian woman is true for a bisexual man, or indeed what is true for one trans person is true for another, for example.

This factsheet is for anyone caring for or supporting a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) person with dementia. The information is intended to help you whether or not you are also LGB or T. The person with dementia may find it helpful to look at booklet 1511, LGBT: Living with dementia.