The Importance of Religiosity to the Well-Being of African American Older Adults Living With Dementia

Fayron Epps, Ishan C. Williams

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This study was a post hoc analysis of a larger qualitative descriptive study exploring family involvement in health promotion activities for African Americans living with dementia where participants identified religious practices as meaningful health promotion activities. The purpose of this study was to explore ways in which religiosity may influence the well-being of older adults living with dementia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted among a sample of 22 family caregivers and 15 older adults living with dementia (N = 37). Three themes emerged: Engagement, Promotion of Faith and Spiritual Connectedness, and Maintenance of Religious Practices. It is imperative for family caregivers to understand the important contributions of religious activities and beliefs to the well-being of their family member. This information might be of use for faith communities, policy makers, and health care providers in the provision of optimal person-centered care and the promotion of quality of life for persons living with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-518
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • church
  • emotional well-being
  • memory loss
  • minority health
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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