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UCLA CTSI and University of Minnesota Cross-Institutional Award Projects
Principal Investigators: Joshua Chodosh (UCLA) and Joseph Gaugler (University of Minnesota)
In the next decade Latinos will make up the largest racial/ethnic minority group among U.S. adults 65 years and older. However, Latino older adults face a number of challenges, including increased burden of chronic illness and limited access to health care. This extends to Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders; the prevalence of dementia among Latinos is potentially higher than in other racial/ethnic groups as symptom onset has been shown to occur six to seven years earlier in Latinos than in non-Latinos. The objective of this cross-institutional project is to ascertain the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of the Alzheimer’s Disease Coordinated Care for Hispanic and Latino seniors intervention (ADC-HL), a community-centered, dementia care management protocol designed to reduce caregiver burden as well as dementia-related symptoms (e.g., behavioral disturbances) in 15 persons with memory loss for Hispanic/Latino families in St. Paul, Minnesota. Innovative components of this project include a focus on dementia care in an underserved community, the use of mixed methods to collect and analyze a range of qualitative and quantitative process data, and reliance on an evidence-informed approach to build and refine a coordinated care management protocol for Hispanics/Latinos with dementia and their families.