Alzheimer's & Dementia Online Academy Course

The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination on LGBTQ+ Older Adults in Healthcare

This course teaches participants about the important intersection between dementia and the LGBTQ+ community. This includes various forms of discrimination and stigma, which can greatly impact health and wellbeing, leading to an increased risk of dementia.

About this Course

1.75 continuing education credits (cultural competence course) available. In American society, LGBTQ+ individuals have been marginalized and discriminated against, thus increasing the vulnerability and susceptibility of morbidity and mortality. In this cultural competence course, we will learn about the important intersection between dementia and the LGBTQ+ community. This course provides a historical lens that highlights ongoing discrimination and trauma experienced by the community from all systems involved in our society. Participants will then take a closer look at health disparities and social determinants of health to uncover the importance of inclusive dementia care. This course will also discuss the stigma that many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community face and how this can act as a barrier to receiving necessary healthcare. Lastly, we will discuss implications and recommendations including trauma-informed care for the individual with dementia, considerations for the chosen family and partner, as well as how care settings can create safe and welcoming environments. Participants will be able to leave this training not only with a greater understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, but the importance of high-quality healthcare.   From this course you will learn to:
  • Identify LGBTQ+ related issues around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.
  • Explain the historical context that predisposes LGBTQ+ individuals to higher vulnerability of dementia-related risks.
  • Describe the impact of historical barriers to health care and stigma within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Apply culturally informed strategies to strengthen support and care for LGBTQ+ older adults.
  1.75 CE credits available for social workers licensed in an ASWB accredited state, as well as New York State licensed social workers. (Please note: New Jersey is not currently covered under our ASWB accreditation, please check back soon). The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America #1898, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/25/2023 – 7/25/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.75 cultural competence continuing education credits. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0222.  For all disability accommodation needs, please contact

(Cost: $25)

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