The United States population of elderly persons is growing quickly, causing an increase in concern for their health care needs. Dementia is a condition that affects the elderly. With an increase in persons with dementia, there is also an increase in apprehension of care choices. National data and published literature were used to study dementia and its effects on the patient and their family caretakers. The study concluded that minority families were less likely to institutionalize elderly dementia patients into nursing care due to a variety of cultural biases. White dementia patients had the highest number of admittance into nursing homes. This was also prevailing in the specialty care unit for dementia patients. Understanding the cultural differences and needs of the minority patient can help organizations improve the disparity among dementia patients admitted into nursing homes.
|Commitee:||Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Aging, Health care management|
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