Optimizing Dementia Care for Mexicans and for Mexican-Origin U.S. Residents

Jacqueline L. Angel, William A. Vega, Luis Miguel Gutierrez Robledo, Mariana López-Ortega, Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade, Stephanie M. Grasso, Sunshine M. Rote

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Abstract

In this article, we report on the recommendations of a binational conference that examined the institutional capacities and future ability of Mexico and the United States to address the need for affordable and sustainable dementia care that results from growing older adult populations. These recommendations reflect the large difference in resources between the two nations and each country's political and institutional capacity. Progress in both countries will require an expansion of programs or the generation of new ones, to meet the needs of older adults, including improving access to services and actively managing the dementia care burden. A comprehensive federal health care safety net will be required in both nations, but economic realities will constrain its implementation. Both nations suffer from a persistent shortage of geriatric primary care physicians and geriatricians, especially in rural areas. Advances in diagnosis, treatment, and care management require additional knowledge and skills of general and specialized staff in the health care workforce to deliver evidence-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate long-term care, and human rights-oriented services. We conclude with a discussion of recommendations for binational dementia care policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages10
JournalGerontologist
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Keywords

  • Education and training
  • Health policy
  • Home- and community-based care and services
  • Latino/a
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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