Creating a Dementia Friendly Community in an African American Neighborhood: Perspectives of People Living with Dementia, Care Partners, Stakeholders, and Community Residents

Caroline D. Bergeron, Maisha Robinson, Floyd B. Willis, Monica L. Albertie, Jolita D. Wainwright, Michelle R. Fudge, Francine C. Parfitt, John A Lucas

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Abstract

A dementia friendly community allows people with dementia and their care partners to remain engaged in their community well into the disease. This study presents the results of primary research aimed at exploring perceptions regarding building a dementia friendly community in an African American neighborhood in northeast Florida. Twelve focus groups and five interviews were conducted with people living with dementia, informal and formal care partners, community stakeholders and neighborhood residents, and analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Three main themes emerged from the analyses, including (1) perceived needs, (2) facilitators and barriers to being dementia friendly, and (3) opportunities for the community to become more dementia friendly. Study findings highlight the unique needs of a single African American neighborhood and the importance of culturally tailoring the dementia friendly model to diverse communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • dementia friendly
  • focus groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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