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The LGBTQIA+ older adult population has unique needs due to their experience as diverse individuals in a cisgender, heteronormative society. Experiences and effects of discrimination need to be considered when providing care. Occupational therapists have a role in addressing disparities of all marginalized groups, including LGBTQIA+ older adults. Practitioners may utilize cultural humility and trauma-informed practices when treating the LGBTQIA+ population. Existing resources to guide culturally humble occupational therapy care for LGBTQIA+ older adults are insufficient. The purpose of this project was to build on existing cultural humble resources and create a website on the focus of occupational therapy cultural humility considering the LGBTQIA+ older adult population. The capstone project, https://ot4lgbtqia.wordpress.com , was created in conjunction with field experience, providing needed insight while examining the older adult population in general as well as the LGBTQIA+ older adult population specifically. After a two-step process, in which observations at field sites prompted a continued literature search, discussion on the following barriers were added to the website content: internalized discrimination, LGBTQIA+ specific housing options, lack of support for caregiver role, intergenerational differences, and coming out late in life. 20 videos and supplemental resources were created to provide the audience an opportunity to increase knowledge and awareness, as well as augment skills, therefore increasing cultural humility toward the LGBTQIA+ older population.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Cultural humility, LGBTQIA+, older adults, skills, knowledge, awareness, occupational therapy
Medical Subject Headings
Cultural Competent Care; Gender and Sexual Minorities; Social Discrimination; Occupational Therapy; Education, Professional
Civil Rights and Discrimination | Occupational Therapy | Social Justice | Social Psychology
Ramos, M., Meyers, D., & Smith, M. A. (2023, May 7). Cultural Humility When Caring for LGBTQIA+ Older Adults: A Resource Guide for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Students. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2023/9