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McNair Scholar 2016Aracely C. Duerkop

Aracely C. Duerkop is a junior in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is majoring in nursing. Her research interest lies in the underserved and underrepresented communities with limited health-care access and health issues. Ms. Duerkop plans on getting her doctorate degree in the family nurse practitioner specialty

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My dream is to be a family nurse practitioner and an advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities who have limited healthcare access. My goal is to decrease the disparities in accessing healthcare services

Research project

Non-pharmacological interventions for Latinos with alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers

Abstract: Objectives: The objective of this review is to evaluate the effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatments (NPTs) for Latinos with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their family caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease (2016). The Hispanic population over 65 included 3.6 million individuals with AD in 2014, and this number is projected to grow to 21.5 million by 2060 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). More Latino families will be impacted by Alzheimer’s disease including physical, emotional, and psychological burdens.

Methods: Research studies from clinical trials were obtained by searching PubMed (2003-2016). Ten articles were identified, including nine randomized controlled trials and one literature review.
Results: Caregivers who received interventions in small groups reported a decreased feeling of burden and an increase in coping and adaptability.

Discussion: This brief review of the literature found that Latino caregivers who received various NPTs appeared to experience decreases in burden, increases in social support, and positive perceptions of the caregiving experience. Latino family caregivers often suffer from negative physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes due to caring for a person with AD. Non-pharmacological approaches to manage AD and reduce caregiver distress may should be considered alongside traditional pharmacological approaches that tend to have moderate effects when used alone. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Joseph E. Gaugler s Long-Term Care Professor in Nursing in the School of Nursing and Center of Aging at the University of Minnesota and serves as editor for the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Dr. Gaugler attended Pennsylvania State University where he received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in1999. He completed his post-doctoral study in aging at the University of Minnesota in 2000. His research specializes in the study of longitudinal implications of family care for chronically disabled adults; effectiveness of psychosocial and community-based services for care-giving families; Alzheimer's disease and long-term care. Dr. Gaugler has published over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and other reports and and he has presented his work in conferences nationwide