Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Dementia Care with Black and Latino Families: A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Dementia Care with Black and Latino Families: A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach

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Dementia Care with Black and Latino Families: A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach. By Delia J. Gonzales Sanders and Richard H. Fortinsky. Published by Springer Publishing Company, New York, 2012. 314pp. Price: £46.50. ISBN: 978-0-8261-0677-3

The growing diversity of older people with dementia is increasingly recognised as a challenge to services and practitioners. It requires diversification but also integration. Diversification is going to be necessary as different groups of people will want dementia care services, above all, to take account of their biography, their communication abilities and likely stressors. Integration will be required to make sure that the stigma of dementia does not lead to families and professionals colluding in setting people with dementia apart from their communities and neighbourhoods.

In the United States (US) black and Latino families are celebrating longer life, but with it greater incidence and prevalence of dementia. Of course, there are likely to be as many differences between black and Latino people as there are commonalities, but this book would serve as a good introduction to cultures and contexts with which practitioners may be unfamiliar.

The authors acknowledge that the term Latino covers a great variety of countries of origin in the US, but they present messages that they have found useful in health and care practice and service development. …

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