This study was undertaken to evaluate the current and future needs of nursing homes with regard to providing care for elderly Hispanics with Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of this study was to examine whether there were differences with regard to gender and marital status among Hispanics with Alzheimer's or dementia who were admitted into or receiving services from nursing homes. This was a retrospective study using secondary data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey. The results indicated that there were few Hispanics (4%) in this nursing home sample and that there was no significant relationship between gender and admission into the Alzheimer's unit. Unmarried Hispanics with Alzheimer's were more likely to be admitted into a nursing home. There is limited research in regards to Hispanics with cognitive impairment, and these findings suggesting their heightened risk and underrepresentation in nursing homes suggest a need to aggressively research this disparity.
|Commitee:||O'Lawrence, Henry, 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:||Mental health, Public health, Hispanic American studies|
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