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Pasco Alzheimer’s event to educate LGBTQ community

Letters to the editor from Pasco County

Re: Reading, rain and rainbows: Pasco Pride Festival returns to New Port Richey | Oct. 11 story

I enjoyed reading about the return of the Pasco Pride Festival on Oct. 6. Did you know that one in three LGBT adults are concerned they will need to hide their identity to have access to suitable housing as they age? Did you know that 67 percent are concerned about neglect, and 61 percent are concerned about limited access to health services?

The Alzheimer’s Association invites the LGBT community to a free event on Oct. 25 called “Think About It: Aging with Pride.” This educational event will include a screening of the film, Gen Silent, a documentary exploring why LGBT older people are going back into the closet to survive old age. Other topics include “Embracing the Rainbow: Providing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care,” “The Experience of LGBT Seniors — Same or Different?” and “Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s in the country with an estimated 560,000 Floridians living with Alzheimer’s. While the LGBT community faces similar health concerns as the general public, the LGBT population who receive a dementia diagnosis face uniquely challenging circumstances.

To learn more about this event and to register, call 800-272-3900.

Amanda Wood, program manager with the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association