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dc.contributor.author Laditka, JN
dc.contributor.author Laditka, SB
dc.contributor.author Liu, R
dc.contributor.author Price, AE
dc.contributor.author Wu, B
dc.contributor.author Friedman, DB
dc.contributor.author Corwin, SJ
dc.contributor.author Sharkey, JR
dc.contributor.author Tseng, W
dc.contributor.author Hunter, H
dc.contributor.author Logsdon, RG
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-01T20:25:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10
dc.identifier.citation Ageing and Society, 2011, 31 (7), pp. 1202 - 1228
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5979
dc.description.abstract We studied concerns about cognitive health among ethnically diverse groups of older adults. The study was grounded in theories of health behaviour and the representation of health and illness. We conducted 42 focus groups (N=396, ages 50+) in four languages, with African Americans, American Indians, Chinese Americans, Latinos, Whites other than Latinos (hereafter, Whites) and Vietnamese Americans, in nine United States locations. Participants discussed concerns about keeping their memory or ability to think as they age. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim. Constant comparison methods identified themes. In findings, all ethnic groups expressed concern and fear about memory loss, losing independence, and becoming ‘a burden’. Knowing someone with Alzheimer's disease increased concern. American Indians, Chinese Americans, Latinos and Vietnamese Americans expected memory loss. American Indians, Chinese Americans and Vietnamese Americans were concerned about stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease. Only African Americans, Chinese and Whites expressed concern about genetic risks. Only African Americans and Whites expressed concern about behaviour changes. Although we asked participants for their thoughts about their ability to think as they age, they focused almost exclusively on memory. This suggests that health education promoting cognitive health should focus on memory, but should also educate the public about the importance of maintaining all aspects of cognitive health.
dc.format.extent 1202 - 1228
dc.relation.ispartof Ageing and Society
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1017/S0144686X10001273
dc.subject cognition
dc.subject ageing
dc.subject Alzheimer's disease
dc.subject dementia
dc.subject memory
dc.subject qualitative research
dc.subject focus groups
dc.subject brain health
dc.title Older adults' concerns about cognitive health: commonalities and differences among six United States ethnic groups.
dc.type Journal Article
duke.description.endpage 1228 en_US
duke.description.issue 7 en_US
duke.description.startpage 1202 en_US
duke.description.volume 31 en_US
dc.relation.journal Ageing and Society en_US
pubs.issue 7
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Nursing
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 31

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