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UW seeks Latinos caring for relatives, friends with dementia to develop better training program

Jake Ellison

UW News

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 mdp19@uw.edu 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/.

Commemorating Benito Barron

Benito Smiling
Benito smiling along brick wall.

On Friday, November 27th we lost a precious soul and dear participant to our program. Benito was a regular participant of Lake City Seniors for years and was an instrumental figure in the Latinx group.  He participated in various classes such as Bingo and Momentia events, volunteered his time to drive other participants to the Center, and was always giving out hugs and love to friends. He will be greatly missed by all and we were lucky to have him in our lives. Included are words from our staff.

Benito, thank you for having been here with us, sharing yourself with us. You left memories and laughter in our hearts. You will always be present and we will never forget a phrase that is so very yours, ” The sun is within you”. Rest in peace!!! -Martha

Benito as Santa with Vedrana and Akira.
Benito as Santa with Vedrana and Akira.

Benito was the type of person who consistently reminded me of why I do the work that I do. His effervescent personality and big heart brought joy into my life, and into the lives of others. Benito will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him, but will live on through our memories of him. He brought the feeling of community to our center and our lives. Rest in power, our dear friend. –Vedrana

We lost one of the good ones. I remember the day he first walked into our senior center.  He was angry and upset about something and he sought some relief. He always said he was lucky to find our program, but I often wonder if we were lucky he found us. He was both complex and simple, which is why he was so compassionate. He could talk with anyone and always offered a smile or support. After talking with Benito, I always had a smile on my face. He was open about his early struggles with addiction and how he overcame them to find peace and happiness.  This difficult journey served him well in his later years as he provided so boundless empathy, wisdom and support to others who were suffering. Rest in power Benito. – Akira

 

Benito’s hugs could make the most stressful days lighter and his smile was infectious. I always looked forward to seeing him, having a chat and listening to his wisdom; he had so much of it to share. He will be remembered for his kindness, laughter, and the light he carried inside of him. Thank you for showing it to us. –Emily

SeaMar Group Photo
A group photo of our SeaMar group with Benito.

Benito always had something to give:  Christmas chocolate, tamales, a box of zucchinis from the trunk of his car, a hug. He had a radiant personality that was sorely needed in an all too cloudy world. He’ll be deeply missed by anyone and everyone who had the chance to know him. –Darcy

 

Benito, you brightened up our lives with you light, you playfulness, and always, you kindness. I learned so much about generosity of spirit from you. Thank you for all the time and energy you shared with us. You are deeply missed. –Claudine

We Have Temporarily Moved!

Thanksgiving Lunch with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, Green bean casserole, and Pumpkin bars in a box.
Thanksgiving lunch with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and Pumpkin bars in a to-go box.

Lake City Seniors has temporarily moved to Lamb of God Church- 12509 27th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. The first day at this new location was Monday November 2nd. The Church is a block away from the Lake City Community Center, right across the street from Albert Davis Park. The building and property is a better option for our program moving into the winter months. We are planning on being at this location at least through the winter. Lunch will be served at the same time from 12:30-1:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We hope to see you there!

AgeWise TV- Seattle Channel

Seattle Channel

About AgeWise TV

Lake City Seniors have geared up with other senior centers in King County to provide curated content for older adults including yoga instruction, art projects, and documentary films. Age Wise TV is a production of the Pike Market Senior Center. If you keep watching you may be able to see one of our very own yoga instructors teach!

Click here to watch the first episode!

North Seattle COVID-19 Update 6/18/20

To-go Lunch in June 2020
To-go lunch for Lake City Seniors Meal Program.

June 17th, 2020

Governor Inslee has created a “Safe Start Plan” with 4 phases. As of June 16th, King County is in Phase 1.5 and has applied for the 2nd phase. Phase 1.5 allows for hair salons, restaurant, and retail shops to open at limited capacity. To find more information, please go to https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/safe-start.aspx.  Lake City Seniors will continue to update you as the phases progress for King County. Phase 1.5 does not affect our services and we will continue to operate as we have been.

During this time, essential programs will continue—more information about services below. We are still practicing social distancing measures, using gloves, wearing masks and will continue to follow these guidelines. King County has issued directives to wear facial coverings at any indoor or outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. Please wear a facial covering if you are picking up your lunch at the Lake City Community Center. We will provide one if you do not have one.

Lake City Seniors shares your concerns about the rapidly evolving and expanding global novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no cases of COVID-19 at Lake City Seniors, nor any staff with symptoms. Thank you for all those who have reached out- we love to hear from you via phone call and email. We will be updating you as we know more information.

 

Lake City Seniors team,

Vedrana, Akira, and Emily