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Anthea Innes, Debra Morgan, and Jane Farmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344957

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344957.001.0001

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Considerations in dementia care for Indigenous populations in Canada

Considerations in dementia care for Indigenous populations in Canada

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Remote and Rural Dementia Care

Kristen M. Jacklin

Jessica M. Chiovitte

Policy Press

Over the last decade age-related dementias emerged as a significant health concern for Indigenous populations in Canada. Current research suggest that Indigenous communities hold culturally grounded understandings of dementia that are important in determining health services use and needs. This chapter combines a cultural safety framework with a health equity lens to discuss Indigenous dementia care needs in rural and remote Indigenous communities. Based on qualitative ethnographic data from Canada supported by published accounts of Indigenous experiences with dementia and dementia care internationally, we discuss promising approaches grounded in cultural safety aimed at improving prevention, diagnosis and care practices. Developing Indigenous specific care tools and adapting best practice mainstream approaches to care to adequately address cultural frameworks for dementia and the impacts of colonial trauma are necessary steps in providing decolonized, culturally safe care for Indigenous patients and fundamental to health equity.

Keywords:   Cultural Safety, Indigenous, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health

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