2SLGBTQIA+ & Dementia

The Alzheimer Society stands united with the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Dementia doesn't discriminate and neither do we.

Do you need more information, have any questions, or would like to share resources that you find useful with us? Please feel free to contact us at communications@alzon.ca.

Dementia doesn’t discriminate and neither do we.

The Alzheimer Society stands united with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and continuously strives to foster an environment that is a safe space for all clients to be their true selves so they can receive the best dementia support possible.

Creating a Welcoming, Affirming Environment

When providing care to a person living with dementia, whether you or they self-identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, or not, there are many steps you can take to ensure that you are creating a safe space.

You can create a welcoming, affirming environment by:

🌈 Using gender-neutral pronouns such as they/them.

🌈 Avoiding making assumptions about their partners and/or spouse.

🌈 Respecting gender identity and understanding that transitioning is different for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to express themselves.

🌈 Demonstrating a comfort level with sexual and gender diversity by welcoming and normalizing disclosure of sexuality, gender identity, and expression.

2SLGBTQIA+ Resources

If you are a care partner of a person living with dementia, or you are a person living with dementia, that identifies in the LGBTQ2S+ community, there are many resources available to you.

Provincial Resources

🌈 Rainbow Health Ontario

🌈 Egale: 2SLGBTQI Dementia Networks of Support & E-Learning

Toronto Area

🌈 The Senior Pride Network

🌈 The519

Simcoe County

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County is a proud supporter of local resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. One such resource, The Gilbert Centre, is an excellent source for programs and services curated for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and their families living in Simcoe County. The Gilbert Centre provides expert guidance to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as information and support directed towards health equity in Simcoe County. For more information or to contact a representative of the Gilbert Centre, visit their website

🌈 The Gilbert Centre