Health

Seniors have multiple and specific health needs and gender and sexually diverse individuals also have their specific health needs such as Trans* health, HIV impacts and mental health issues; DSS is committed to exploring the intersection of these needs to determine the unique health needs of our GSD community members. We advocate for these needs to be met through policy and procedures developed by Government, Health Authority and senior’ service providers. We also aim to inform through the Dignity Senior Society Health Blog, providing information to share what we know and make it available to all.


Useful Health Resources

(Click on the green ‘link’ wording to connect to the resource website or information sheet)

Women

DSS is disappointed by the continued lack of research and service provision of GSD women in BC. We believe that their are specific health disparities in GSD women’s communities that need addressing and we are advocating for improvements in this area of health in BC.

In 1999 the BC Ministry of Health released a paper on Lesbian Health- https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/1999/caring.pdf

Rainbow Health Ontario https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/resources/healthy-relationships-for-lesbians-information-and-resources/ has done some specific work on Lesbian and GSD women’s health.

If you are lucky enough to be in the Victoria area you may want to connect with the Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society - https://vlscs.ca/

Trans* Health

Trans Care BC http://www.phsa.ca/our-services/programs-services/trans-care-bc# - a service of the Provincial Health Authority which aims to support the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province. This site allows you to enter your postal code to find services near you. You can find specific information for patients and potential patients here.

Men

Health Initiative for Men https://checkhimout.ca/- MISSION: Strengthening the health and well-being of gay men. VISION: Gay men building healthy lives together. VALUES: We value:

  • gay men’s ability to make informed decisions.

  • the role of our communities. We value scientific research.

  • a non-judgmental, sex-positive and strengths-based philosophy.

  • a comprehensive approach to healthy living.

  • capacity building and collaboration.

General GSD Seniors Health

Simon Fraser University Department of Gerontology, headed by professor Gloria Gutman, has done some excellent work around LGBT2SQ Seniors and has an excellent resource page here.

Egal (Canada) https://egale.ca/seniors/ - creates some excellent resources. DSS hopes to work more closely with Egal to produce BC GSD Senior’s specific resources.

Government of Canada - many useful resources for Canadian Seniors. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html

The State of Seniors Health in BC - A 2002 paper

Seniors’ Mental Health and Substance Use - general resources

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - Phone Lines:

Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234

Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311

HIV, HepC and Sexual Health Resources - not specific to seniors, but good information for men, women and trans* and GSD identified individuals. AIDS Vancouver; Positive Living BC; Community Based Research Centre

Aging with HIV - the University of California San Francisco list some excellent articles and resources here.

Senior’s Health Blogs