Experiences and perceptions of culturally and linguistically diverse family carers of people with dementia

Desiree Leone Boughtwood, Jon Adams, Chris Shanley, Yvonne Santalucia, Helena Kyriazopoulos
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 2011, 26 (4): 290-7
Dementia incidence rates are rapidly increasing among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, and there is very little local research to inform practice. In response, a qualitative study employing focus group methods was undertaken with carers from 4 CALD communities-Arabic-speaking, Chinese-speaking, Italian-speaking and, Spanish-speaking. The study examined the experiences and perceptions of these family carers with regard to their caregiving for a person living with dementia (PLWD). Analysis revealed that while considerable similarities exist across the experiences and perceptions of carers from all 4 CALD communities, there were nevertheless some important distinctions across the different groups. These study findings have significant implications for those working with CALD communities.

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