Challenges to aging in place for African American older adults living with dementia and their families

Fayron Epps, Gretchen Weeks, Evan Graham, De Micha Luster

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Abstract

A culturally informed community health assessment was conducted to explore the community context of care for older adults in African American urban neighborhoods. The purpose of this study is to explore the challenges to aging in place for African American older adults living with dementia and their family members. Data collection and analysis were conducted as concurrent iterative procedures between photographs, media clippings, semi-structured interviews (N = 24), observation notes, and journaling. Content analysis revealed shame, improper housing, financial constraints, resource inadequacy, transportation concerns, and knowledge deficit as common challenges faced by the older adults and their families to receiving health services to support aging in place within urban neighborhoods. Data from this report are to inform clinicians, community partners, families, and service organizations, to promote uptake of future research and programing to improve outcomes for African American older adults living with dementia and their family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-652
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Community context
  • Community health assessment
  • Elders
  • Minority health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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