Many people are providing care to elder relatives, perhaps in addition to caring for children. The right of LGBT caregivers to access federal benefits can be murky, given that we are often barred by law from establishing legal ties to some of our dependents.
If this is your case, you may be interested in a public webinar being held on the Family and Medical Leave Act on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The Department of Labor will be the host. Register at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/employeeguide.htm
The University of Washington School of Medicine is looking for participants in a study of LGBT individuals who had a partner who was very sick or injured in the last 5 years and stayed in a hospital or health care facility.
The study will involve a by-phone or in-person interview and a questionnaire and will focus on your experiences making decisions about your partner’s care. Participants will receive $15 for their time. If you are interested, contact the researcerhs at 877-749-3970, by email at info [at] caringforpartners [dot] org, or visit their website at www.caringforpartners.org.
If you are an LGBT person giving care to a partner, parent, or someone else, you should know that there is a national LGBT telephone support group available through SAGE (New York).
That’s just one of the LGBT caregiver resources discussed in an American Society on Aging Aging Today Online article, “What’s Different about LGBT Caregiving?” The other resources include:
For more information about the caregiver telephone support group, email caregiving [at] sageusa [dot] org
This is certainly not for everyone (yet!), but for technophiles who have outfitted the ones they care for, there’s a short new article that discusses smartphone apps for “aging in place.”
The article discusses an app that will help if your loved one wanders (and you can somehow ensure she or he keeps a smartphone on them), if your loved one has a webcam, and — for real techies — a whole system for video monitoring. Check it out here: http://www.aarp.org/technology/innovations/info-06-2011/smartphone-apps-aging-in-place.html
Whew! Lots of new documents and resources out this past week! We’ll review some of the key findings of them over the following days, but for those who can’t wait, here are the links:
The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding — groundbreaking report by the Institute of Medicine. Available here: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/The-Health-of-Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-and-Transgender-People.aspx
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has a new web-based collection of caregiving resources at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resources.cfm?s=3
Changing the Game: What Health Care Reform Means for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/03/pdf/aca_lgbt.pdf
The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/files/aginglgbpb.pdf