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Webinar – Canadian Association on Gerontology Series

June 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Mentoring, Raising Awareness, and Researching LGBT+ Elder Abuse in Canada

Dr. Gloria Gutman, Simon Fraser University

In this presentation, taking place on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recipient of the CAG’s 2022 Evelyn Shapiro Mentoring Award Dr. Gloria Gutman will describe an innovative project bringing queer youth, queer older adult creative writers, and academics together to create materials used in a series of town hall meetings across British Columbia. The meetings were designed to raise awareness both within and outside the LGBT+ community of common and unique aspects of LGBT+ elder abuse. A second project to be described was co-created with 9 LGBT+ elder abuse survivors and has resulted in a book to be released in Fall 2023 entitled Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ Community: The impact of Homophobia and Transphobia (Springer). Dr. Gutman will also describe a series of ongoing analyses of CLSA data exploring elder abuse prevalence, risk and protective factors and perpetrators across sexual orientation and gender identity groups.

Critical Analysis of Literature on Service Navigation and Access of Immigrants with Dementia and their Families: Using Critical Race Theory

Karen Wong, University of British Columbia

This presentation will present the review’s findings and critical analysis of the literature on service navigation and access for older immigrants with dementia and their families. It will give an overview of how the services of older immigrants with dementia are understood in the literature. In particular, it will discuss the dominant discourses on “a lack of knowledge of dementia among immigrants” and “immigrants’ culture of family care” behind these understandings. It will examine to what extent critical race theory can help us understand these discourses and suggest what other lenses and theories can supplement the understanding.

More information: https://tinyurl.com/m3n78tfh