The Clinical and Cultural Challenges of Dementia in African American and Hi...

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The School of Public Health at the University at Albany is offering a free webcast in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, the Alzheimer's Association and CoMeg Partners.

The Clinical and Cultural Challenges of Dementia in African American and Hispanic Communities

November 17, 2016, 9:00 - 10:00 am ET (8:00 am CT)

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Continuing Education Units are available for Social Workers, Nurses, Doctors & Certified Health Education Specialists

Jennifer J. Manly, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Columbia University

Teresa Santos, LCSW
Care Coordinator, Center for the Aging Brain and the Memory Disorder Clinic, Montefiore Medical Center

Ethnic and racial differences in risk factors such as socioeconomic status, cardiovascular disease, and genetics may play a role in the increased incidence and prevalence of dementia in African American and Hispanic communities. Social, physical, and cultural barriers, including stigma, reduce the ability of these communities to access early diagnosis and care. Community-based research shows that the symptoms of dementia onset and course are similar across race/ethnicity. However, ethnic minorities with dementia are less likely to receive a formal diagnosis, and minorities who present to memory disorders clinics are more likely to have neuropsychiatric symptoms than non-Hispanic Whites. It is well known that most cognitive screening tools are not culturally sensitive and may yield false positives. These issues contribute to misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in individuals from African American and Hispanic communities.

Ensuring access to high quality education and services for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly for African Americans and Hispanics, is a goal of the New York State Department of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley. This webcast will present information intended to increase recognition of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease among African Americans and Hispanics. Information will include how dementia should be diagnosed among racially and ethnically diverse people, how dementia is treated, as well as resources to assist family and caregivers in supporting people from these communities affected by Alzheimer's disease.

For a full description of this program please visit our website or the informational flyer.

All of our programs are available On Demand 2 weeks after the live webcast.

Call us at 518.402.0330 or e-mail coned@albany.edu if you need assistance.

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