Challenging cisgenderism in the ageing and aged care sector: Meeting the needs of older people of trans and/or non-binary experience

Australas J Ageing. 2015 Oct;34 Suppl 2:14-8. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12278.

Abstract

Recent Australian legislative and policy changes can benefit people of trans and/or non-binary experience (e.g. men assigned female with stereotypically 'female' bodies, women assigned male with stereotypically 'male' bodies, and people who identify as genderqueer, agender [having no gender], bi-gender [having two genders] or another gender option). These populations often experience cisgenderism, which previous research defined as 'the ideology that invalidates people's own understanding of their genders and bodies'. Some documented forms of cisgenderism include pathologising (treating people's genders and bodies as disordered) and misgendering (disregarding people's own understanding and classifications of their genders and bodies). This system of classifying people's lived experiences of gender and body invalidation is called the cisgenderism framework. Applying the cisgenderism framework in the ageing and aged care sector can enhance service providers' ability to meet the needs of older people of trans and/or non-binary experience.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aging / ethnology
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Culturally Competent Care / organization & administration
  • Disorders of Sex Development / ethnology
  • Disorders of Sex Development / psychology*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Health Care Reform / organization & administration
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
  • Health Services for Transgender Persons / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Services for Transgender Persons / organization & administration*
  • Health Services for the Aged / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Healthcare Disparities / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Narration
  • Needs Assessment / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Transgender Persons / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Transgender Persons / psychology*
  • Transsexualism / ethnology
  • Transsexualism / psychology*