Czech Alzheimer Society and Freya translate Alzheimer Europe guide aimed at raising awareness of issues around sex, gender and sexuality in dementia

22/05/2024

A Czech language version of Alzheimer Europe's guide to help raise awareness of issues around sex, gender and sexuality in dementia was published on 22 May 2024, translated by our Czech member association Česká alzheimerovská společnost (Czech Alzheimer Society) and their colleagues at Freya, z. s. - Institut sexuality a vztahů (Freya - Institute of Sexuality and Relationships). The original English language version, Sex, Gender and Sexuality in the Context of Dementia: A guide to raise awareness amongst health and social care workers was written by Alzheimer Europe in 2022 (published in January 2023) and is based on the ethics report Sex, gender and sexuality in the context of dementia: a discussion paper, published by Alzheimer Europe in December 2021. 

The guide is about the experience and wellbeing of men, women and non-binary people with dementia who are living alone or with a partner and who may or may not be sexually active. We draw attention to inequality, discrimination and lack of sensitivity towards their needs and wishes, both from other people and through structures and procedures within society, also towards their families, carers and in some cases health and social care workers. The guide is not limited to the experience of LGBTQ+ people but their experience is often qualitatively different to that of non-LGBTQ+ people and they encounter several issues that others do not, hence the frequent reference to this group in the guide. The new Czech version of the guide can be downloaded from the Alzheimer Europe website, at: 

https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/sites/default/files/2024-05/cz_sex_gender_report_final.pdf