Trans* Ageing and Care (TrAC): A new research project seeking to develop dignified and inclusive health and social care services for older trans* and intersex people in Wales.




This mixed-methods project is dedicated to improving health and social care services for trans* and intersex individuals over 50 years of age. The project also aims to learn more about the wellbeing, needs and interests of trans* and gender diverse adults in later life. 

The research will include the professional perspectives and experiences of health and social care professionals to develop good practice guidelines for improving services. This encompasses health and social care teams that deliver services to older adults including GP clinics, mental health teams, disability teams, adult community and social care teams, and nursing and residential care staff.

An innovative aspect of the project is the recruitment and training of peer interviewers from the trans* community in Wales who will co-facilitate life-history interviews with older trans* participants and proposed workshops with professionals. The research team also want to speak to intersex people over 50 years about their life-experiences and concerns for getting older. As an identity, intersex includes people who cannot be classified according to the medical norms of so-called male and female bodies with regard to their chromosomal or anatomical sex.

Aims and objectives

Findings from the research will provide new evidence to raise awareness about gender identity and ageing for health and social care professionals across Wales. In accordance with the priorities of the Welsh Strategy for Older People (Welsh Government, 2013) the findings will help ensure that older trans* and intersex adults 'do not experience multiple discrimination' (p. 9) by identifying barriers, assumptions and actions in health and social care services which reinforce transphobic attitudes and service environments, and prevent older trans* people from receiving equal, dignified and person-centred care. Web-based materials and digital stories will be developed from the research findings to educate professionals on how they can provide more inclusive, trans* and intersex-positive care to older adults. There will be a final conference for service providers and community members in 2017 to share the findings and outcomes of the project.

For more information please contact Paul Willis

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