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- ItemEnd-of-life preparations among LGBT older Canadian adults: The missing conversation(International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2019-03) de Vries, Brian; Gutman, Gloria; Humble, Áine M.; Gahagan, Jaqueline; Chamberland, Line; Aubert, Patrick; Fast, Janet; Mock, StevenLGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) older adults are more likely than their heterosexual peers to age with limited support in stigmatizing environments often poorly served by traditional social services challenging their preparedness for end of life. Fourteen focus groups and three individual interviews were conducted in five Canadian cities with gay/bisexual men (5 groups; 40 participants), lesbian/bisexual women (5 groups; 29 participants), and transgender persons (3 interviews, 4 groups; 24 participants). Four superordinate themes were identified: (a) motivators and obstacles, (b) relationship concerns, (c) dynamics of LGBT culture and lives, and (d) institutional concerns. Several pressing issues emerged including depression and isolation (more common among gay and bisexual men), financial/class issues (lesbian and bisexual women), and uncomfortable interactions with health-care providers (transgender participants). These findings highlight the challenges and complexities in end-of-life preparation within LGBT communities.
- ItemThe role of information and communication technology in end-of-life planning among a sample of Canadian LGBT older adults(Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2019-05) Mock, Steven E.; Walker, Earl P.; Humble, Áine M.; de Vries, Brian; Gutman, Gloria; Gahagan, Jacqueline; Chamberland, Line; Aubert, Patrick; Fast, JanetTo better understand the role of technology in later-life planning among older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) adults, we conducted focus groups to explore factors linked to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Twenty focus groups were facilitated across Canada with 93 participants aged 55 to 89. Constant comparative analysis yielded four categories: (a) fear, (b) individual benefits, (d) social elements, and (d) contextual elements. Fear related to technology and fear of end-of-life planning. Individual benefits referred to technology as a platform for developing LGBT identities and as a source of information for later-life planning. Social elements were establishment and maintenance of personal relationships and social support networks. Contextual elements referred to physical and situational barriers to technology use that limited access and usability. These findings can inform technological practice and services to enhance later-life planning.