The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center presents: Dementia Equity Programs in the Hispanic and LGBTQI+ Communities
In this webinar, participants will learn about dementia programs that focus on serving the needs of the Hispanic and LGBTQI+ communities, which historically have not received equitable care and support.
Saul Juarez Aguilar will present information on various challenges to implementing new dementia initiatives in the Hispanic community and how collaboration continues to be an essential and powerful tool for promotion and sustainability. Understanding these challenges and efforts to serve the Hispanic community is essential as approximately 13% of Hispanics 65 or older have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and 85% of Hispanics say it is essential for Alzheimer’s and dementia care providers to understand their ethnic or racial background and experiences, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Well-established health initiatives educate the Hispanic community about dementia; however, failing to adapt or understand the Hispanic culture could lead to increased health disparities among Hispanic community members living with dementia.
Pima Council on Aging’s, Sarah Bahnson, will discuss some of the challenges experienced by LGBTQI+ people living with dementia and ways to improve services to this community and will present key features of the Visibility Matters program. Learning about these topics is important as LGBTQI+ people have a unique history that informs contemporary challenges and barriers to accessing aging care services, including dementia care. Whether deciding if it is safe to be safe to be known as part of the LGBTQI+ community in a memory care facility or to their in-home care provider, or needing additional protections with advanced directives, aging care providers benefit from learning more about this community to better support person-first methodologies.
Additional information about this webinar and the registration form can be found here: 12-13-22 Dementia Equity Programs
If you have questions, please email NADRC-Webinars@rti.org.