Indigenous Peoples and Dementia
248 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:15 Apr 2019
ISBN:9780774837835
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Indigenous Peoples and Dementia

New Understandings of Memory Loss and Memory Care

UBC Press

Dementia is on the rise around the world, and health organizations in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand are increasingly responding to the urgent need – voiced by communities and practitioners – for guidance on how best to address memory loss in Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Peoples and Dementia responds to this call by bringing together, for the first time, research on three key areas of concern: prevalence, causes, and public discourse; Indigenous perspectives on care and prevention; and the culturally safe application of research to Elder care. The discussions are organized thematically and are complemented by teaching interludes – stories or dialogues that impart Indigenous knowledge about memory loss and memory care. The contributors address the complexities of memory loss and dementia in a variety of Indigenous communities, casting doubt on the appropriateness of the current push for early diagnosis and treatment, as this approach may not meet the needs of Indigenous communities, given their differing worldviews and focus on holism and interconnectedness.

Elders are the knowledge keepers and valued members of a declining cohort. Collectively, the contributors to this innovative volume demonstrate that in order to ensure that they receive culturally safe care, diagnosis and treatment must be grounded in collaborative research informed by Indigenous knowledge and nation-specific or place-based cultural understandings.

This book will be of interest to students, educators, researchers, and practitioners working in or interested in the fields of dementia studies and Indigenous health.

Wendy Hulko is an associate professor and the Bachelor of Social Work program coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. Danielle Wilson is the regional director for the Owen Sound/Grey-Bruce region of the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. Jean Balestrery is a licensed independent practitioner and was formerly an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University.

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