Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress: A Clinical Guide

By David W. Coon; Dolores Gallagher-Thompson et al. | Go to book overview

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Ethnic Minority Caregivers
Elizabeth Edgerly, Lisa Montes, Edith Yau, Sandy Chen Stokes, and Dadyne ReddOver the past decade health care providers have become increasingly aware of the unique needs of culturally diverse patients and families. Across the United States, organizations and providers have been working to develop culturally competent and sensitive services for AD patients and caregivers. Based on the authors' experience it appears that for every successful program, there have been at least two unsuccessful attempts at developing new programs. Our goal in this chapter is to describe four programs that attain the goal of reaching four of the largest ethnic and cultural groups in the United States: the Latino, Japanese, Chinese, and African American communities. We intend to highlight key factors contributing to the desirable outcome of the projects that can be replicated in other geographic and cultural communities. The programs selected use different strategies to address the topic of dementia and issues of concern to caregivers. This selection was made purposefully to illustrate some alternative approaches to reaching this population in diverse cultural groups.Research suggests that there are several general factors that are important for successful outreach programs:
1. Building relationships, confidence, and trust within the community over time. This is especially important if the providers are attempting to reach out to an ethnic group of which they are not a member (Valle, 1981). It also applies, however, to persons from within the cultural community who are not well known to the key agencies, families, and professionals involved (Elliott, Di Minno, Lam, & Tu, 1996).

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