Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Bring Dementia Out: New Innovation To Help LGBT People With Dementia Being Tested In Brighton

Alzheimer's Society has partnered with people affected by dementia, LGBT+ communities and key organisations (including Switchboard in Brighton and Hove) on a series of resources, including a video, booklet, online hub and posters, to raise awareness and understanding of challenges faced by LGBT+ people affected by dementia.  

Bring Dementia Out is being tested out in the two locations (Brighton & Manchester) over January and February this year.

Chris who is living with dementia, lives with her partner Heather in Eastbourne, and often come to visit Brighton. 

Chris said: "Often LGBT+ people feel isolated in their world from families, friends and work places, especially if those people do not know of a person's sexuality or gender identity. 

"It is often easier to try to live a life and not identify as being LGBT+. If an LGBT+ person gets a diagnosis of dementia this is life-changing in itself, couple that with being 'in the closet' about your sexuality or gender identity is even more devastating.

"The Bring Dementia Out innovation goes a long way to ensure that LGBT+ people can speak in a safe environment and get the support they need without any fear of being discriminated against. 

"This is vital to avoid further discrimination and provide support for LGBT+ people affected by dementia. 

"It is even more important for LGBT+ people receiving a dementia diagnosis who do not have the support of a partner or family."

LGBT+ people with dementia may start to have strong memories of distressing experiences from an earlier part of their lives, when they may have faced discrimination or stigma. 


This can be particularly troubling for trans people who may start to have much stronger memories of a time before they changed their gender, and may think they are living in this time. 

It can make day-to-day things like going to the toilet or getting dressed confusing and difficult.

Colin Capper, Head of Research Development and Evaluation at Alzheimer's Society, said:

"Bring Dementia Out recognises that while everyone"s experience of dementia is unique, there can be many challenges that are specific to a person"s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

"We are calling on individuals, organisations and social care professionals to visit the online hub – alzheimers.org.uk/bringdementiaout – to learn about these challenges and take action to ultimately help people affected by dementia from LGBT+ communities feel safer, listened-to and understood. 

"LGBT+ people affected by dementia have told us they feel there currently isn't a safe and secure "go-to" place for support and that they don't feel connected, and that services are not geared towards them.

"We wouldn't be at this stage of testing Bring Dementia Out without everyone who has innovated with us, including people affected by dementia, national and local organisations and LGBT+ communities."

In addition to the video on the online hub, the Bring Dementia booklet, which can be ordered through the hub, details some of the additional challenges LGBT+ people affected by dementia may face: 

LGBT+ people affected by dementia may also fear discrimination from health and social care professionals, and so might not feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity when accessing services. 

This may be more pronounced if the person is part of a community that is less accepting of LGBT+ people – for example if they have migrated from a country where it is illegal to be LGBT+.

Some LGBT+ people affected by dementia feel isolated, especially if they may have no long-term partner or family to support them. 

Their 'chosen family' may consist of close friends rather than traditional family relations and these people are often not included in conversations about their care and support.

The Bring Dementia Out innovation is being tested in Brighton and Hove and in Greater Manchester until the end of February.

Visit alzheimers.org.uk/bringdementiaout to find out more about how you can help LGBT+ people affected by dementia.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Composed of vocalist Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Robert Lindsay Fearn, Sleaford Mods are known for their abrasive, minimalist musical style and embittered explorations of austerity-era Britain, culture, and working class life. 
Pic by Emily Hyland

The Trials of Oscar Wilde, at Brighton Pavilion, in April, will reveal what happened during Wilde's trials, drawing on the original transcripts.
Credit Sam Stephenson

Seven amateur singers from Brighton and Hove will perform on the main stage at the world famous Glyndebourne opera house next month.

Black Deer Festival, the three-day celebration of Americana and Country, set in Eridge Park in Kent, welcomes artists from both America and also closer to home.

Yungblud & Halsey feat. Travis Barker's new track 11 Minutes follows Yungblud's early-2019 single Loner, a sneering anthem for outsiders.

The stage and screen star Mark Benton tells us about touring in David Mamet's award-winning, fast-talking drama Glengarry Glen Ross, which plays Theatre Royal Brighton, this coming April.
Pic (c) Andrew Whitton

Stereophonics have given a surprise release to new song Chaos From The Top Down. The song follows on from their latest album, Scream Above the Sounds, which reached No.2, back in late 2017.
Credit Sharon Kilgannon

Beating Jodie Whittaker to the post as the world's first female time travelling doctor, Hove resident Doctor Rosy Carrick debuted Passionate Machine, a funny, poignant, sad, and at points shocking, show at the 2018 Brighton Fringe, where it won Best New Play Award.

Led by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts' Creative Director Laura McDermott, the venue's upcoming season is a curated selection of performance, music, a new regular cinema strand, discussion and debate.

Laying down a firm marker within London's raucous punk scene over the last couple of years, rising trio of Calva Louise have since earned support slots alongside the likes of Albert Hammond Jr, Spring King and Anteros and recently finished an extensive UK tour with label-mates The Blinders.

Brighton writer Tom Johnstone began writing his new novel, The Monsters are due in Madison Square Garden, during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, and the simultaneous rise of the 'Alt-Right'. 

As a music journalist David Sinclair had 'a growing realisation that after all the great records I'd heard and the thousands of shows I'd been lucky enough to see, that it was time to play some great music of my own.'

Across the South Coast young artists are writing their own narratives like never before, unspoiled by the noise of record label interference. 

Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrates its 10th anniversary with headline act Glen Matlock, original bassist and songwriter with the Sex Pistols, performing at three of the town's venues.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd