Older Adults in the LGBT+ Community

Healthcare providers often make assumptions about identity which can lead to isolation, stigma, and poor patient satisfaction. According to a Gallup poll, 5.6% of Americans identify as members of the LGBT+ community. Twenty two percent of these people are 55 years and older. Older adults in the LGBT+ community face being marginalized in healthcare because there is often a lack of education on how to communicate with members of the LGBT+ community about their identity.

Target Audience

Nursing staff at UPMC Mercy 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. State appropriate terminology to use with patients who identify as LGBT+.

2. Discuss the historical challenges facing LGBT+ older adults.

3. Identify the impact of dementia on trans-gender older adults.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Enduring Activity UPMC Mercy
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

Julie Wegner is a student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing her Master's in Social Work with a certificate in gerontology and she is a participant in the Hartford Fellowship. Her areas of interest include LGBT+ issues, technology use, and music therapy. She has a background in nonprofit primary and reproductive healthcare. After graduation in spring of 2022 and securing her licensure, Julie hopes to pursue opportunities that benefit older adults at a macro level through hands-on program or policy development. She can be contacted anytime at wegnerjulianna@gmail.com or jvw8@pitt.edu.

 Julie has worked with UPMC Senior Services as an intern to develop this content. 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:  No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this  enduring  activity for a maximum of __0_ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing (CNE)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is  0.5_ contact hours.


Pharmacy (CPE)

This knowledge-based activity provides _0_ contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. 


Physician Assistant (AAPA)

The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for _0__ AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 


Social Work

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive _0__ continuing education credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.00 Attendance
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