Latino Families Living with Dementia: Behavioral Issues and Placement Considerations

  • Janette RodriguezEmail author
  • Viviana Padilla-Martínez


This chapter aims to provide a conceptual framework from which to approach common behavioral issues and placement concerns faced by Latino families who care for family members who have dementia, while also providing practical information regarding psychosocial interventions based on the available research findings and theory. First, the authors provide up-to-date research findings related to dementia in Latino families. Second, there is a discussion of existing models that address the various behavioral issues and placement problems these families face, as well as options available for dementia care services. Third, the authors discuss Latino values and strengths, as well as the intersection of various cultural and societal contributions to the challenges faced by these families, including culture, gender, race, power and privilege, and access to resources. Fourth, community psychology, liberation psychology, and mujerista psychology are introduced as important backdrops for understanding and serving these families. The chapter concludes with strategies for researchers, clinicians, and others to consider, as well as future directions.


Community Psychology Culture Dementia Ethnicity Latino Liberation Psychology Mujerista Psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami VA Healthcare SystemMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Lee County VA Healthcare CenterCape CoralUSA

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