Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Partner/Spousal Caregiving in Later Life by Toni Calasanti

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Seeking Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Spousal/Partner Caregivers for Interviews

We are conducting a study on older (65+) adults who care for their spouses and partners with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias. This national study, supported by a grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA), and awarded to Toni Calasanti, a Sociology professor at Virginia Tech (, in conjunction with Brian de Vries, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University. Our study builds upon previous research we have conducted on older heterosexual spousal caregivers as well as older LGBT persons. We are interested in the roles that gender and sexual orientation play in the experiences of caregiving, some of the similarities as well as any unique challenges—and how we can apply what we learn to better support all caregivers.

Based on our previous research, we would expect interviews to last about 1½ hours. While we are unable to pay participants, we can offer a small ($30) gift card as a token of appreciation and gratitude for your time and sharing of your experiences. If you are interested in participating, please contact us by email at [email protected] and we will try to arrange a convenient time to conduct an interview; we are currently scheduling interviews for September and October, but if this time frame does not work for you, we will try to arrange an alternative time or method for the interview.

Thank you for your help with this important study.