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Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized World

Behavioral and Psychosocial Treatments

  • Hector Y. Adames
  • Yvette N. Tazeau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Characterizing the Context: Latinxs and Dementia

  3. Evaluation, Assessment, and Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Samuel C. Gable, Maureen K. O’Connor
      Pages 69-89
    3. Azara Santiago-Rivera, Gregory Benson-Flórez, Kathleen D. Warman
      Pages 105-117
    4. Lee Ashendorf, Julie E. Horwitz
      Pages 119-130
  4. Supportive Interventions and Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Janette Rodriguez, Viviana Padilla-Martínez
      Pages 133-153
    3. Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, Mari Umpierre, Karla Steinberg
      Pages 155-167
    4. Shawneen R. Pazienza, Erin E. Andrews
      Pages 169-186
    5. Hector Y. Adames, Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Silvia P. Salas, Claire R. Manley
      Pages 205-229
    6. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
      Pages 231-246
  5. International Perspectives: The Americas and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Silvia Mejía-Arango, Mariana López-Ortega, Laura Barba-Ramírez
      Pages 267-280

About this book


This volume provides a broad and critical presentation of the behavioral and psychosocial treatments of Latinxs with dementia in the United States (U.S.) and across a representative sample of Spanish-speaking countries in the world. The compendium of chapters, written by researchers, practitioners, and policy analysts from multiple disciplines provides a deep exploration of the current state of dementia care for Latinxs in the U.S. and around the globe. The volume is designed to increase and strengthen the collective scientific and sociocultural understanding of the epidemiological and biopsychosocial factors, as well as the overlapping systemic challenges that impact diagnosis and symptom management of Latinxs with dementia. The authors introduce policy options to reduce risk factors for dementia and present culturally-responsive interventions that meet the needs of Latinx patients and their caregivers.

 Highlighted topics featured in the book include:

  • Contextual, cultural, and socio-political issues of Latinxs with dementia.
  • New meta-analysis of dementia rates in the Americas and Caribbean.
  • Dementia-related behavioral issues and placement considerations.
  • Educational, diagnostic, and supportive psychosocial interventions.
  • Pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and ethnocultural healthcare interventions.
  • Intersectionality as a practice of dementia care for sexual and gender minoritized Latinxs.
  • Prescriptions for policy and programs to empower older Latinxs and their families.

Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized World: Behavioral and Psychosocial Treatments is a resource thataccentuates and contextualizes the heterogeneity in nationality, immigration, race, sexual orientation, gender, and political realities. It is a key reference for a wide range of fields inclusive of demography, geriatrics, gerontology, medicine, mental health, neurology, neuropsychology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacology, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation, social work, sociology, and statistics all of which, collectively, bear on the problem and the solutions for better care for Latinxs affected by dementia.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hector Y. Adames
    • 1
  • Yvette N. Tazeau
    • 2
  1. 1.The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Independent PracticeSan JoseUSA

About the editors

Hector Y. Adames, PsyD received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) accredited program at Wright State University in Ohio. He completed his APA pre-doctoral internship at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP), and APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Boston University School of Medicine, Bedford Veterans Hospital. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago campus. He co-founded and co-directs the Immigration, Critical Race, And Cultural Equity Lab (IC-RACE Lab), and has a small private practice in neuropsychology. Dr. Adames is the co-author of a textbook on Latinx Psychology titled, Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latino/a Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press (2017). His scholarship focuses on topics related to racism and colorism, Latinx Psychology, intersectionality, and cognitive health among People of Color. His academic work is published in many leading journals including the American Psychologist, Journal of Palliative & Supportive Care, Psychotherapy, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, and The Counseling Psychologist. He is the editor of Latinx Psychology Today (LPT), serves on the editorial board of The Counseling Psychologist, and Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, and is ad-hoc reviewer for several journals including the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology among others. He has earned numerous awards and recognitions including the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Research Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Yvette N. Tazeau, PhD
is a Licensed Psychologist in independent practice in Silicon Valley. A third-generation Californian with Salvadoran heritage, she is a psychology graduate of Palo Alto University and University of California at Davis, and has been serving the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area in private practice since 1998. As a native speaker of the Spanish language, she provides bilingual (Spanish/English) services. She works across the developmental lifespan, with specialties including Geropsychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Child psychology, and Industrial/Organizational psychology. Her clinical psychology psychotherapy services focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Her clinical neuropsychology practice includes Cognitive Rehabilitation in addition to testing. She uses digital technologies for clinical treatment and incorporates mobile applications and virtual reality tools in her work. She has also created bilingual CBT mobile apps. Her interests and scholarship regarding Gerodiversity topics include clinical and biopsychosocial/behavioral interventions with Latino/a populations, as well as organizational development issues of geriatric mental health workforce planning. She has worked at SF Bay Area hospitals and clinics/agencies, for public school districts and private schools, has taught psychology graduate courses at local universities, and has published studies in scientific journals and chapters in scientific books. Her clinical training and work experiences include Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, The Children’s Health Council (Palo Alto), Gardner Family Health Network/Centro de Bienestar (San Jose), Alexian Hospital/Regional Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Senior Health Center, Santa Clara University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. 

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“This volume is excellent because it provides a comprehensive look at Latinx patients with dementia. The authors describe different facets of the problem, including context, risk factors, assessment, diagnosis, international factors, and public policy recommendations. Clinicians and researchers who work with the Latinx population will find this fascinating reading.” (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, September 4, 2020)