Group

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 211–232

Hispanic caregivers of older adults with dementia: Cultural issues in outreach and intervention

  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
  • Megan C. Leary
  • Celine Ossinalde
  • Josué J. Romero
  • Melissa J. Wald
  • Elena Fernandez-Gamarra
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02872747

Cite this article as:
Gallagher-Thompson, D., Leary, M.C., Ossinalde, C. et al. Group (1997) 21: 211. doi:10.1007/BF02872747

Abstract

Ethnic minorities, particularly the elderly, have been noted to underutilize health care services and programs. Recent studies have illustrated that Alzheimer’s support services for Hispanic family caregivers are needed and can be developed within Hispanic populations when ethnocultural factors are integrated into the outreach and intervention plans. This paper provides background material on the issue of barriers to the utilization of services by Hispanics. Family members suggest methods for conducting culturally relevant outreach. A description of currently available intervention strategies is also provided, including respite care, support groups, and psychoeducational classes.

Key words

Hispaniccaregiverdementiaoutreachintervention

Copyright information

© Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Megan C. Leary
    • 1
  • Celine Ossinalde
    • 1
  • Josué J. Romero
    • 1
    • 3
  • Melissa J. Wald
    • 1
  • Elena Fernandez-Gamarra
    • 1
  1. 1.Older Adult and Family CenterGRECC VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University, School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and MetabolismStanford University School of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.Older Adult and Family CenterVeterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System & Stanford University School of MedicineMenlo Park