Working with older gay people: your thoughts and experiences
Date: 08/07/2014 Host: @RebeccaTwinley
Twitter OTalk – 8th July 2014, 8pm Appreciating the experience of using health and care services for some older* gay** people: What are your experiences and opinions?
*people age 65 and over
**term used to refer to anyone who has intimate same-sex relationships or feelings
Everyone has the right to social and occupational justice, regardless of various personal and contextual factors such as older age and sexual orientation. With the public concerns about our ageing society, current healthcare environments are entering an era where they will see the highest number of older people needing to use services. Some of these older people will identify as gay, and could place an additional challenge on the inclusivity of health and social care services if the promotion of social and occupational justice is to be achieved. Many of today’s baby-boomers that identify as gay are a generation of activists; that is they grew up resisting and, often, fighting against a backdrop of overt homophobia and discrimination. In doing so, many have struggled to identify and/or use their rights as a citizen of the community and society in which they live.
Aim of the Twitter chat
Twinley and Price have received confirmation that their proposal has been accepted to write a chapter in the upcoming 2016 edition of Occupational Therapy Without Borders (Edited by Nick Pollard and Dikaios Sakellariou). Within this chapter, Twinley and Price propose to discuss the themes they will identify from a review of the literature that specifically documents older gay people’s experiences of health and care services. Some of the issues today’s occupational therapists might need to consider in their occupation-focussed practice will be explored and supported alongside the direct practice examples provided by student (and qualified) occupational therapists during the Twitter discussion. Other people’s (and profession’s) experiences and opinions would also be highly valued, and would make for an interesting discussion. Where your responses need to extend beyond Twitter’s 140 character limit, following the chat, we invite people to continue the conversation in the comments area on this blog post.
Suggested themes for discussion
• The lived experience of providing occupational therapy (or other health and care services) to older gay people
• Working with older gay people to meet their occupational needs
• The lived experience of accessing and using health and care services as an older gay person
• The occupational identities of older gay people
• Considerations for practice unique to the older gay population
• Occupational justice and injustice
• Social justice and injustice
• Opportunities and challenges for contemporary practice when working with older gay people (in an ageing society)
Ethics and consent
Ethical approval has been identified as not required by the Chair of Twinley’s Faculty Research Ethics committee at Plymouth University. This is because Twitter is a public forum and any data in the public domain does not require ethical approval. Hence, any users with protected accounts will not have their tweets/contributions quoted. In the event that Twinley and Price choose to use a direct quotation that derived from your contribution during the chat (or that you entered on the blog), you will be contacted to confirm that you consent to its use in the write-up of their chapter.
Bex and Lee