Community-Engaged Research with Vietnamese Americans to Pilot-Test a Dementia Caregiver Intervention

Oanh L. Meyer, Mengxue Sun, Thuy Do, Janis N. Ho, Bao Tran Dinh, Sherry Nguyen, Ladson Hinton

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Abstract

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or a related dementia is stressful, and this may especially be the case for racial/ethnic minority caregivers. This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a pilot intervention for Vietnamese American dementia caregivers. A secondary, exploratory aim was to examine post-intervention effects on AD knowledge and psychosocial outcomes. Of the 87 individuals contacted, 32 met inclusion criteria. Of this number, 14 enrolled in the study with 11 caregivers completing the intervention, and 10 of the 11 completing 3-month follow-up data. Caregivers provided positive feedback on the intervention and had higher scores on AD knowledge and self-efficacy in seeking support services post-intervention, with the effect on self-efficacy maintained at 3-month follow-up. Recruitment for the intervention was difficult; however, once caregivers came to the first session, they were engaged and found the classes informative. Recommendations for a future intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Culture
  • Disparities
  • Diversity
  • Ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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