Subtitles for Kezia Research on Gender Differences in LGBT Older Adults

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I reached out to Karen Frederick
singleton
as a faculty member mostly in
graduate program for PhD
students
and she was doing a lot of
research on
LGBT in older adults together
and looking at like physical
disparities and mental health
disparities and do too
you know discrimination also
looking at their resiliency
in that population and so that
was her project was called
caring and aging with pride
and I was really interested in
focusing on
older adults that's what my
focus is going to be in the
future
we looked specifically at
physical health
as well as mental health and
then some the disparities be
fine
like so for example women have
been known to have
longer lasting longer
my fixed life expectancy
an but there are also
tend to have more like chronic
diseases or disability than men
and men have more like
life-threatening conditions like
heart disease or anything like
that
and so we're looking to see what
kind of causes that maybe
from so we looked at
demographics
such as like Grace age and the
spectrum
older adults 65 and above we
looked at their income status
which was a huge
thing I think a huge finding and
whether they're married or not
worth they had like a partner
spouse
on him we also looked at
so
be on demographics we looked at
there ability to access health
care
if they had health insurance
thing had regular checkups
anything like that and then we
looked at
also like their support networks
of their allotted
an engaged in like religious
activities or if they just
hadn't
community here they lived alone
something like that and so was
really interesting my found a
lot
a of discrepancies I think
a lot of discrepancies I think
that have to do with
gender as well as sexual
orientation discrimination
and was great focuses social
work
and we her percent he was from
11 agencies that work with older
adults
and so we use that in years like
what kinda services they were
interested in
so that's the Social Work lends
a bit and then we also pulled
from like I think biology
because we looked at a lot of
like physical health and like
life conditions any sort of like
a long-term diseases
and it was also interesting look
at the psychology behind
effects of discrimination which
i think a lot of fields
kinda look at her know that
their son some
correlation but us a looking at
and like facing discrimination
write your life and how that
will influence
your physical health your mental
health whether you're more
likely to be depressed or drink
to can cope with that on your
own so we did find that there
were
you know higher levels of
depression or higher levels and
substance abuse
especially through men it was
interesting
and we also
I think a lot alike economics
when intuitive looking at
poverty so one example would be
likely there was an article by
Calif aunty that looked like
gender socialization
and so due to the fact that
women typically
are paid less or name are in
like lower
lower-wage positions due to a
gendered jobs that we have in
our society
and also the fact that they're
not recognize for like domestic
labour
home there women typically have
lower lower incomes over their
lives as was like
high rates of poverty and so
this can actually lead
to long-term like more stress on
the women
and as well as when you like
have
a lesbian couple so that's two
people that are more likely to
live in poverty
and they're not receiving
spousal benefits because
their marriages and their
partnership is in legalized
so when they hit that older
adult age we find that they
have a lot more troubles with
accessing healthcare
going to the doctor regularly
going into a home
so ever somewhere
nothing really I kinda dove and
had first because I just really
wanted to get more involved in
I was working part time as a
barista and so I
just think wanted to do
something Social Work e along
with that
so when I contacted her I had
had like a statistics class and
that's about it
so I really wanted to get more
involved
and specifically with older
adults like looking at those
discrepancies and
so this is a six-step me helped
and then
when I did it this quarter I was
able to pull in a lot that I
learned from the Social Work
research class 390 so that was
really really helpful because
when I was looking at
articles I could see you know
what can I say and what did they
use as a generalizable
them to like a larger population
or is it just specifically in
that agency
and also to look at
you know are these are these
causes linked to
just sexual orientation is race
coming into it as well
income coming into it or is it
specifically gender which I
don't think it is i think it's a
combination of
all the factors in their
environment so
I think it with the research in
the statistics that helped
but also I think the main thing
was Karen
on her mentorship throughout the
whole process she was very alike
she was very kind to me an email
let help me in any way
in was really clear about kinda
what she was whining and
what would be the most helpful
and it was really a learning
experience for both
us because she's never she never
looked specifically at gender
and you know I've never done
anything like this in sao tome
it was cool because she was just
as excited as I was to like see
what was out there in the field
fame with Jess LGBT in older
adults
and so I was able to help her
with anything from like
filing to you know stuffing
envelopes so they could find out
the survey is
but it was it was cool to see
how many different like
so many processes go into making
that final paper
research that you just have no
idea about so it was
it was very humbling to see how
much work
went into it and I was happy to
be you know helping out
break I think
I think it's a great idea to
have you know
either faculty members who are
involved in research to reach
out more to
bachelor students because
there's a lot of work to be done
and I don't think PhD students
need to
hold all of that for someone
else I think that they have
a lot going on themselves in you
know if ingested
like have help looking through
the survey is is a huge thing
and it's a huge learning
experience for students to see
like to put a face to the like
just handwriting
to their story about you know
how they're facing
discrimination daily
year anything like that so that
was was amazing to
Tennessee extendable that
I think also I would encourage
students today
challenge themselves and go into
fielder
try something new that they're
not like I was never really that
interested in research but I was
really scared to take the class
and so I just wanted to get make
some kind of idea
what went into it before aimless
in a class read no idea like
what's
a little for being overweight
you know what's an abstract you
know so I really like
help me gain more knowledge for
that class
yeah yeah definitely I get least
you don't know how to look
through articles which was
really helpful because we had a
lot of like research projects
that were more long-term
and in I think research is a
huge thing that
social workers are kinda scared
of but it's really helpful
in our practice and it's where
most by funding comes from a
freakin
to prove that these issues exist
through research then
that will definitely help to get
more funding
and I think because the
population that I worked with
the so
specific and a lot of the times
with LGBT
the population LGBT a is very
invisible because you know it's
a huge process to come now as
well as like finding them to
take the surveys is really
difficult so
an their are really not that
many that are involved with like
LGBT agency is so I think they
can't stay
invisible but they're really
important population to look
into it and see
you know how this discrimination
is affecting man more
also with older adults are not
very like researched
because I think when people get
older we just kinda push them
aside and tell them
going home in our society so
I think combining those two
things was really interesting
for me because
there really isn't that much
research out there besides what
I found from Karen
and it was very humbling to now
that not many people are looking
into this
very invisible needed population
an and I think win the lotto the
research we found was that
people just don't feel very
comfortable going into homes
at all when they're older adults
in general and then as well as
with winner LGBT you basically
have to come out again
to go into the home or two
you know if you don't feel
comfortable are safer you're
staying because
agency is incompetent serve your
population
it's really difficult so I think
you know the research was really
integrated into
challenging me to want to do
more with this population
as well as you know seeing that
no matter what the population
that there is some sort of like
oppression and discrimination on
that group
it really does have long-term
effects on health mental health
any other facet their life span
so when I on their work with
older adults in the future
to be conscious holidays these
factors and their identities and
their personalities
really will influence their hell
when they reach
I am I've realized thats
I I do want to be more like
hands-on compared to know
sitting behind a computer and
reading through but I think
reading through is necessary to
see it the widespread
have an issue or you know to get
that more macro lens
looking at when you're working
with individual clients you tend
to see like
okay well this is my client Mike
not knowing
that it's a huge issue that
affects seen a million to people
in our country
so I think it really inspired me
to look at the big picture and
to see
how many different facets go
into
that one client who's having
that one issue you know lot of
other people could be
experiencing similar things
and if we do the research on it
we would be more where
you know how big the issues are
so I think
you know along with I took their
the evidence-based social class
this quarter
and I think it really tight and
me wanting to do you know
fieldwork
but still being able to tie an
evidence-based practice in San
knowing that there needs to be
cultural competency or knowing
that there should be more
awareness in
I'll ass assumptions about
someone sexual identity when
you're working with them and
that kinda intimate setting when
they're aging
or dying a venue now they don't
want them to
be uncomfortable how they are so
when I work with older adults I
think
it's definitely something that
i'm gonna be more
my eyes on me yeah I know I
think
I it was a challenging
I think it was a challenging
experience especially with
school
but it it did change may
perspectives through classes
just to see like
there's so much more out there
than just like this one tech
stock that worrying in
if I you know didn't really
understand something in class I
would really feel comfortable
looking
at different articles are kinda
seeing more
perspectives white people were
talking about issues
and when it yeah I wanted the
things that our program is so
and as undergraduates we are so
at that general level
and so I was really interested
in kind of digging deeper and
going further into
you know desert the skills are
great but how can I apply them
to
this population are this
population and
do those look differently you
know can I use the same kind of
interviewing skills if it's with
someone with dementia or for
someone who
feels really unsafe where they
are in their life

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