This critical review was intended to assist social workers to gain insight and knowledge about the unique needs and cultural perceptions of Alzheimer's disease (AD) among the Latino population. The following areas were examined: (a) the unique needs of Latino caregivers who work with older Latinos suffering from AD, (b) cultural beliefs on AD and traditional interventions treating people who have AD and assisting their caregivers, (c) existing culturally and linguistically relevant resources and supports, (d) recommendations from available literature in order for Latino caregivers and social workers to utilize services and/or be able to advocate for necessary services, and (e) services available for caregivers to utilize and/or advocate for themselves to create necessary services for their own benefit. The current literature on Latino caregivers confirmed the challenges faced by this culture and the existing stigma of utilizing mental health services. Furthermore, the scarcity in Latino studies showed underutilization of services, the following challenges were identified in this critical review: (a) lack of knowledge of services, (b) language barrier, and (c) lack of culturally sensitive material.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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