• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Gwen Yeo, PhD, AGSF
  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD
Workbook Author:
  • Gwen Yeo, PhD, AGSF
Item#: B4032
1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (11 pages) 

Ethnicity and the Dementias, 2nd Edition

Price $89.95
Item # B4032
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This intermediate-level course offers research-based practical information on dementia among elders in diverse ethnic and racial populations in the United States. It outlines how practitioners who work with individuals and families from diverse non-European backgrounds must take into account acculturation levels, family norms, education, linguistic diversity, religious beliefs, and cultural beliefs about health and illness in order to build trusting relationships. The course begins with a review of the major types of dementia and various treatment options, including pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions and complementary and alternative treatment. The course provides evidence on differences in risks for various types of dementia in diverse populations and discusses the possible roles of genetics, education, and literacy as risk factors. Issues in neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological assessment are reviewed, and participants will learn specifically about the evaluation of African American, Asian, Latino, and American Indian elders. 

Discussion focuses on the ways that tools such as cognitive measures and assessment scales affect evaluations in these populations. The importance of language is discussed, and participants will gain tips for working with interpreters. The course provides an overview of the family as the unit of intervention and underscores the significance of culturally competent practice. It also discusses barriers to healthcare service use among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) caregivers. This course is intended for behavioral health professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses. Physicians, gerontologists, and staff in long-term care and care management programs may also benefit from this course.

Social workers will receive 10 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Ivey, S. L., Laditka, S. B., Price, A. E., Tseng, W., Beard, R. L., Liu, R., . . . Logsdon, R. G. (2013). Experiences and concerns of family caregivers providing support to people with dementia: A cross-cultural perspective. Dementia, 12(6), 806–820. Abstract retrieved from http://dem.sagepub.com/content/12/6/806

Katz, M. J., Lipton, R. B., Hall, C. B., Zimmerman, M. E., Sanders, A. E., Verghese, J., . . . Derby, C. A. (2012). Age and sex specific prevalence and incidence of mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia in blacks and whites: A report from the Einstein Aging Study. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 26(4), 335–343. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3334445/?tool=pubmed

Llanque, S. M., & Enriquez, M. (2012). Interventions for Hispanic caregivers of patients with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 27(1), 23–32. Abstract retrieved from http://aja.sagepub.com/content/27/1/23.short

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2014). Dementia: Hope through research. Retrieved from http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dementias/detail_dementia.htm

Paniagua, F. A., & Yamada, A. (2013). Handbook of multicultural mental health: Assessment and treatment of diverse populations (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Romero, H. R., Welsh-Bohmer, K. A., Gwyther, L. P., Edmonds, H. L., Plassman, B. L., Germain, C. M., . . . Roses, A. D. (2014). Community engagement in diverse populations for Alzheimer disease prevention trials. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 28(3), 269–274. Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24614272#

Sayegh, P., & Knight, B. G. (2013). Cross-cultural differences in dementia: The sociocultural health belief model. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(4), 517–530. Abstract retrieved from http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8840682&fileId=S104161021200213X

Sun, F., Ong, R., & Burnette, D. (2012). The influence of ethnicity and culture on dementia caregiving: A review of empirical studies on Chinese Americans. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 27(1), 13–22. Abstract retrieved from http://aja.sagepub.com/content/27/1/13.short

Whitmer, R. A., Mayeda, E. R., Quesenberry, C. P., Jr., Lu, W., & Glymour, M. (2014). Ethnic and racial disparities in ten-year cumulative prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 10(4), P152. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.121

Yaffe, K., Falvey, C., Harris, T., Newman, A., Satterfield, S., Koster, A., . . . Kaup, A. (2013). Do socioeconomic disparities explain higher dementia incidence among black older adults? Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 9(4), P343–P344. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2013.04.209

Course Objectives
  • Discuss significant cultural issues that affect the assessment of dementia in the largest ethnic and racial populations in the United States.
  • Identify the differences in risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia among elders in different ethnic populations in the United States.
  • Discuss significant cultural issues that affect the assessment of dementia in the largest ethnic and racial populations in the United States.
  • Explain the major types of dementia and currently available treatments.
  • Describe two principles that are important in developing successful ethnic specific community-based programs to assist elders with dementia and their family caregivers.
  • Identify unique issues that influence the effectiveness of working with family caregivers of dementia clients in each of four ethnic/racial populations.
Gwen Yeo, PhD, AGSF, is founding director of Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, which helped develop the field of ethnogeriatrics (health care for elders from diverse ethnic backgrounds). Based on many years of teaching gerontology and geriatrics to multidisciplinary students, Dr.Yeo’s current work focuses on educational resources in ethnogeriatrics. In addition to authoring more than 60 publications in gerontology and ethnogeriatrics, she is a consultant to various universities, past Chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society, and Section Editor for Ethnogeriatrics and Special Populations of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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