Sexuality in Nursing Care Facilities

Anne Katz is a clinical nurse specialist at CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She also coordinates Sexually Speaking: . The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
The American journal of nursing (Impact Factor: 1.3). 03/2013; 113(3):53-55. DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000427883.10548.47
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    ABSTRACT: Research on the health of LGBT elders is limited. However, we do know that LGBT older adults often have poorer health status as a result of a combination of factors including health challenges such as sexual orientation, gender identity issues, as well as a history of marginalization, prejudice, and the effects of non disclosure in health care encounters. Additionally, commonly held misconceptions regarding the sexual practices of older adults contribute to the poorer health outcomes experienced by some LGBT individuals. LGBT older adults, like others, are entitled to quality health care. This chapter introduces and discusses some of the major issues that affect the health of LGBT elders and explores opportunities to begin addressing these issues. Additionally, it reviews implications for improving service delivery from an interdisciplinary perspective and future research directions.