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Yolanda GonzalezFollow

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17-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Background: As the Latino population is expected to expand in coming decades, it will increase cases of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly in this group. Culture values deem family members to undertake the caregiving role of their elderly Alzheimer Latino member. The caregiver role includes that the elderly complies with the treatment regime, specifically medication compliance. Equally, the needs of the family caregivers need to be examined to determine the effects of culture, which can contribute to medication adherence.

Objectives: The purpose was to explore the needs of family caregivers and the factors of medication compliance with the elderly Alzheimer Latinos. Identifying these will provide suggestions to culture-based interventions to improve the quality of life of Latino Alzheimer’s.

Method: An integrative literature review was conducted undergoing an extensive search to explore factors of medication compliance and family caregiver needs of elderly Alzheimer Latinos. Articles from 2012-2017 from the databases PubMed, CINAHL, and PsychInfo were used to acquire relevant sources.

Results: Reducing caregiving time, family support, and knowledge of the disease were found to be collective needs for family caregivers of elderly Alzheimer’s Latinos; whereas, medication information and route of medication administration were found to be significant factors in medication compliance of Alzheimer’s disease. Latino culture values and beliefs contributed significantly to the needs identified.

Conclusion: This review found three caregiver needs for family members of elderly Alzheimer Latinos that contribute to two factors of medication compliance with this disease. Culture played a significant influence on these needs. Nursing practice addressing these culture values can positively impact medication compliance. However, more research is needed on the effects of culture towards medication adherence among different Latino subgroups.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease, medication adherence, caregivers, and Latinos

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MEDICATION COMPLIANCE IN ELDERLY ALZHEIMER LATINOS WHEN THE CAREGIVER IS A FAMILY MEMBER

Abstract

Background: As the Latino population is expected to expand in coming decades, it will increase cases of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly in this group. Culture values deem family members to undertake the caregiving role of their elderly Alzheimer Latino member. The caregiver role includes that the elderly complies with the treatment regime, specifically medication compliance. Equally, the needs of the family caregivers need to be examined to determine the effects of culture, which can contribute to medication adherence.

Objectives: The purpose was to explore the needs of family caregivers and the factors of medication compliance with the elderly Alzheimer Latinos. Identifying these will provide suggestions to culture-based interventions to improve the quality of life of Latino Alzheimer’s.

Method: An integrative literature review was conducted undergoing an extensive search to explore factors of medication compliance and family caregiver needs of elderly Alzheimer Latinos. Articles from 2012-2017 from the databases PubMed, CINAHL, and PsychInfo were used to acquire relevant sources.

Results: Reducing caregiving time, family support, and knowledge of the disease were found to be collective needs for family caregivers of elderly Alzheimer’s Latinos; whereas, medication information and route of medication administration were found to be significant factors in medication compliance of Alzheimer’s disease. Latino culture values and beliefs contributed significantly to the needs identified.

Conclusion: This review found three caregiver needs for family members of elderly Alzheimer Latinos that contribute to two factors of medication compliance with this disease. Culture played a significant influence on these needs. Nursing practice addressing these culture values can positively impact medication compliance. However, more research is needed on the effects of culture towards medication adherence among different Latino subgroups.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease, medication adherence, caregivers, and Latinos