Dementia and the LGBTQ+ Community

The Alzheimers Association estimates that 7.4% of the LGBTQ+ adult population is living with dementia. This is in part due to the fact that LGBTQ+ people have greater health disparities, many of which are risks for dementia. This includes depression, obesity, alcohol and tobacco, cardiovascular disease, and HIV/AIDS.

LGBTQ+ adults with dementia face unique challenges in accessing support. For example, LGBTQ adults are more likely to live and alone.

The Alzheimers Association has put together the following resources for the LGBTQ+ community.  Additional information is available on the Alzheimer’s Association Website.

  • Issues Brief: LGBT and Dementia (PDF), a collaboration with SAGE, outlines specific issues of concern related to LGBTQ people with dementia, including stigma, family composition, poverty and social isolation.
  • LGBTQ Older Adults and Dementia (PDF) is a guide for LGBTQ community members living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
  • This infographic on the LGBTQ community (PDF) and dementia includes important information about the LGBTQ community and dementia, including data about the challenges members of the community face accessing care.


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