From the Ivory Tower to the Real World: Translating an Evidence-Based Intervention for Latino Dementia Family Caregivers into a Community Setting

  • Dolores Gallagher-ThompsonEmail author
  • Paula Alvarez
  • Veronica Cardenas
  • Marian Tzuang
  • Roberto E. Velasquez
  • Kurt Buske
  • Lorie Van Tilburg


Latino caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease patients are a fast-growing minority in San Diego County, California, as well as in the United States overall. Depression, higher levels of burden, and poorer health are common in this group. To improve quality of life for this underserved population, researchers from Stanford University partnered with the Southern Caregiver Resource Center to implement culturally tailored versions of two caregiver stress management programs derived from the original Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health and National Institute on Aging—funded projects in the southern area of San Diego County. This narrative describes how researchers and community providers collaborated to obtain funding from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and the San Diego County Behavioral Health Services to serve Latino caregivers in this region. The authors also highlight how two evidence-based interventions were adapted to make them feasible and culturally appropriate for Latino caregivers of low education, as well as the program’s challenges and successes.


Caregivers Latinos Hispanic Depression Dementia Community Partnership Engagement 



This narrative is based upon work supported and funded by San Diego County Behavioral Health Services and the Rosalynn Carter Institute. The authors would like to thank Marissa Goode from the University of California San Diego for her assistance in statistical data analyses for this narrative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paula Alvarez
    • 2
  • Veronica Cardenas
    • 3
  • Marian Tzuang
    • 4
  • Roberto E. Velasquez
    • 5
  • Kurt Buske
    • 5
  • Lorie Van Tilburg
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of PsychologyPalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Geriatric Education CenterStanfordUSA
  5. 5.Southern Caregiver Resource CenterSan DiegoUSA

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