Until recently, little was known about LGBTI Australian’s experiences of dementia. There was a myth that LGBT people who had dementia ‘became straight’ or ‘reverted’ to gender assigned at birth. On this page we share research and narratives about LGBTI people’s experiences of dementia.
A series of narrative based resources and a guide in LGBTI inclusive services for people living with dementia has been developed:
Pulse of My Heart
Pulse of my Heart, is a near annual film documenting the importance of love in the life of Edie Mayhew and her partner Anne Tudor (photo above, credit Lisa White, The Social Photographer). Edie was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in 2015. The films are presented below and check more information on the Pulse of My Heart webpage here
2019: Mr Velvet Ears
The fourth film, Mr Velvet Ears, follows the experiences of Anne and Edie as they make the difficult decision to access a residential aged care home for Edie. The film is shot through the eyes of Mr Velvet Ears, their dementia assist dog; adding warmth to the difficult topics addressed in the film.
2017: The Circle of Love
The third film was shot at the Circle of Love celebration of Edie and Anne’s 33 years together – which was held (coincidentally) during the Marriage Equality Postal Vote in Australia. Anne and Edie were able to marry the following year, once Marriage Equality had been achieved.