In This Episode
People with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders are typically portrayed in media as elderly white people. On television, it’s often a white man in the emergency department, accompanied by his wife, sometimes with a frantic son along for the ride.
What most folks don’t realize is that the African American and Latino communities are significantly harder hit by Alzheimer’s and related neurodegenerative disorders.
Women are much more likely to not only be the primary care partner, but also to go on to develop one of these disorders. Younger people, like Phil Gutis, our Assistant Sherpa here on The Alzheimer’s Podcast, can be diagnosed.
When media depicts or represents only one type of person or family, we know, logically, we’re missing the larger fact-based picture. It’s important for providers to appreciate and understand who we’re serving, which definitely includes historically marginalized communities. And that leads me to the community we’re discussing today: the LGBTQ community.
I was lucky enough to land an expert guest, Jerry Mallicoat, who explains what, exactly, the terms cultural competency and cultural humility mean, and why it’s vital providers consistently demonstrate both. Although Jerry’s focus is on the LGBTQ community, I think the broader message is applicable to every marginalized community and person.
Be sure to check out the show notes below for links to resources mentioned in this episode.
Mike Good founded The Alzheimer’s Podcast in May 2017. Christy appears as a guest in episodes 15, 19, 21, and 23-26. She became the featured expert on the show starting with episode 28 and appears in every episode after, except 56. When Mike decided to follow his bliss, Christy took over the show in January 2019.
Further information and resources related to topics mentioned in this episode:
- Episode 112: Cultural Competency in Serving the LGBTQ Community
Mentioned In This Episode
- Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton
- LGBTQ Health Initiatives of Dayton & Montgomery County
- NBC Pride 50
- S.A.G.E. USA
- Human Rights Campaign
- LGBTQ Americans Could Be At Higher Risk For Dementia, Study Finds
- Dr Jason Flatt
- Memory Problems More Likely to Be Reported by the LGBTQ Community
- Stonewall Uprising 50th Anniversary
- United Church Homes
- United Church of Christ
- HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND)
- 10 Ways to Be an Ally and a Friend
- Phil Gutis, Assistant Sherpa
- Early Stage Advisory Group
- John 13:34-35
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