Caregiving for Hispanic Alzheimer's Disease Patients: Understanding the Problem

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The authors analyze aspects of caregiving for Hispanic Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. A review of the literature on caregiving and ethnicity and data concerning caregiving for AD patients in different Hispanic groups are presented. The presence of ethnicity-related differences in caregiving for Hispanic AD patients is confirmed. These differences, however, appear to be present largely in certain areas, such as household composition, distribution of caregiving roles, help-seeking behavior, and site of caregiving. The authors consider areas that need to be addressed in future research and specific modifications to current caregiving models for the study of AD patients in the Hispanic community.

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