In Our Community, Dementia Speaks: Pilot of a person-centered training targeting African-American caregivers of persons-living with dementia (innovative practice)

M. Aaron Guest, Macie P. Smith

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Abstract

African-Americans face higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias than any other group. With cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias expected to double by 2050 the African-American community stands to be disproportionally affected. Recognizing the need for culturally tailored programming for caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias In Our Community, Dementia Speaks was developed through a community-participatory model of engagement. While pilot results showed a non-statistically significant increase in pre/posttest knowledge a more nuanced review of the data indicates success in changing attitudes and behaviors regarding the disease among caregivers. Results provide a guide for informing future interventions and improving existing programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDementia
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2019

Keywords

  • African-American
  • Alzheimer’s
  • caregivers
  • community
  • education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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