Dementia has been referred to as a contemporary epidemic, and, while there has been a great deal of attention paid to the ways in which cognitive problems can affect those diagnosed (and the caregivers who support them), there remain a number of marginalized groups whose experience of cognitive loss remains little researched or understood. The onset and effects of dementia can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s sense of identity. They can undermine a person’s carefully constructed coping mechanisms and can prove to be a barrier to effective communication and decision making. For LGBTQ people, these issues can be particularly profound, presenting additional obstacles and challenges that a non-LGBTQ person would be unlikely to face. It is these issues that are the ...

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