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Dementia in Cultural Context:

Development and Decline of

a Caregivers Support Group

in a Latin Population 

Neil Henderson



Over the past several decades, there has been an explosive growth of self-help/mutual aid groups emerging as a critical resource facilitating a “health-promoting” approach to illness or psychosocial crisis as distinct from a traditional “sickness approach.” These social formations that touch on the lives of the elderly tend to be of three types: life-cycle/crisis transition groups (such as widow-to-widow); affliction groups (hypertension, alcohol); and support for caregiver groups (caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients).


This last type of group is the subject of Neil Henderson’s chapter, which focuses on the Hispanic ethnic context of aging and the operation of a dementia caregiver support group in Tampa, Florida.




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