The UW is seeking to understanding how to adapt an evidence-based intervention for Latino caregivers of family or close friends with dementia.Magda Ehlers/Pexels
With Latinos 1.5 times more likely to have dementia than non-Latino whites, among other health disparities, researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to better understand Latino family caregivers and adapt the training available to those caregivers.
To do that, the UW Department of Health Services is seeking to interview Latino caregivers for a study to increase the cultural relevance of STAR-C training — a non-pharmacological intervention endorsed by the Administration on Aging that trains caregivers to manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.Download fliers in Spanish and English explaining the study and how to get involved here.
“Our study will improve our understanding of how to adapt an evidence-based intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia. The culturally-adapted intervention is expected to reflect the values and preferences of Latino families,” said Magaly Ramirez, the study’s principal investigator and an assistant professor of health services in the UW School of Public Health.
“Culturally adapted interventions improve reach, engagement, effectiveness and sustainability. In the long term, the goal of our research is to help eliminate health inequities among Latino families impacted by dementia,” Ramirez said.
Improved training will focus on helping family caregivers manage some of the challenging behaviors experienced by people with dementia, such as crying, arguing, refusing to accept help and waking family members up at night.
The UW researchers would like to spread the word that they are looking for study participants.
This study would be a good fit for caregivers who:
Identify as Hispanic/Latino
Take care of a family member or close friend diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia or
Have a family member or close friend who is experiencing behavior issues
Study participants will complete a 10-minute survey and a one-hour interview by phone or Zoom and will receive $45 as a thank you for participating.
To learn more about the study or to volunteer, contact research coordinator Miriana Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-221-6206.
This research is being supported by a grant from the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association.
This was taken from https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/10/22/uw-seeks-latinos-caring-for-relatives-friends-with-dementia-to-develop-better-training-program/.
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We want to create a space where we can all learn together and be ourselves. Each of us is touched by things in different ways. As lifelong learners, when we open up to our diversity, life just keeps getting more interesting! Watch the movies in the series that look interesting to you and then come to our community conversation on Monday, June 25th from 1-2pm.
Friday Film Series:
Friday 6/1 1-3pm – “Carol” (in English with Spanish subtitles) – An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
Friday 6/8 1-3pm – “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (in English with Spanish Subtitles) – Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Friday 6/22 1-3pm – “Ma Vie En Rose” (This movie is in French so we will have showings in 2 different rooms, one with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles) – Ludovic is seen by family and community as a boy, but consistently communicates being a girl. The film depicts Ludovic’s family struggling to accept this.
Community Conversation – Monday June 25th 1-2pm in the front classroom.
Questions? Please contact Claudine Wallace at 206-472-5471