This lecture, hosted by the University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will discuss the importance of optimizing older adults' lived experience, which requires attention to many issues.
These challenges include access to healthcare and navigating healthcare systems, including isolation, loneliness, elder abuse and mistreatment; and promoting physical and mental health.
These issues may be even more daunting for LGBTQ+ older adults whose life experiences may shape or impact their openness to healthcare providers. The availability of culturally competent and responsive healthcare providers and services, as well as a commitment to policies and practices that improve health outcomes for older LGBTQ+ persons.
Dr. Sokan holds a PhD in Gerontology, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky, as well as a law degree (LL. B) from the University of Buckingham, England. Her professional experience includes faculty positions in both gerontology and health administration, program evaluation, and consultancy work. Her interests straddle the nexus of gerontology and healthcare, and include: Elder rights and justice, elder abuse and mistreatment, cultural competence, LGBT aging, long-term care, aging and healthcare navigation, health promotion and well-being, provider relationships and workforce planning. She is a board member of the National Volunteer Caregiving Network and serves as both member of the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Advocacy Committee, as well as on its board. Amanda Sokan also provides gerontology related counsel to individuals and their families and caregivers.
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