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Cultural/Ethnic Diversity & Alzheimer's
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- Local Programs and Services

Alzheimer's disease and dementia affect all racial and ethnic peoples. Communities of color and other historically underserved groups often encounter problems when accessing services or information about Alzheimer's disease. Because of this, the local chapter is working to increase awareness of the disease and understanding about the obstacles to service for rural communities, ethnic groups, and communities of color. By working with leaders and community groups, the Chapter provides technical support and training to local providers and volunteers, helping to build skills and competencies.

The National Alzheimer's Association has developed the Diversity Toolbox, a web-based information center that begins to address the cultural aspects of a few ethnic minority communities in the US. The resource center is designed for individuals, family caregivers, and professional providers of medical and health care.

Local Programs and Services

The National Alzheimer's Association has a large library of articles and materials to help professionals in Alzheimer's meet the needs of historically underserved groups.

El Portal Northwest

El Portal Northwest program was created to serve individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias within the growing Latino/Hispanic community in King County. It was formed by the Alzheimer's Association Western and Central Washington State chapter in collaboration with Sea Mar Community Health Centers and supported by Seattle/King County Aging and Disability Services.

Some studies suggest that Latinos/Hispanics may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia than other ethnic or racial groups. A growing body of evidence shows that vascular disease risk factors (including diabetes) may increase the incidence for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia. Since Latinos/Hispanics have a higher incidence of diabetes (64% higher than non-Hispanic white Americans) it is a matter of particular concern.

With growing numbers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the Latino/Hispanic community, what are caregivers doing to cope with the stress of caring for their loved ones? El Portal Northwest program is here to help guide them in this process by helping families find supportive services and additional resources in the community.

El Portal Northwest is here to help Latino/Hispanic communities learn in a culturally and language appropriate manner about memory loss, treatments, caregiver self-care and ways to deal with this devastating disease.

For more information and referrals please contact Janet Ceballos at 206.356.0173 or 800.848.7097. By email at



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