Our Leadership in Alzheimer’s Awareness
Centro Tyrone Guzman is leading initiatives to build awareness, education, and support by engaging community members in supporting the health and well-being of Latines with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Working with community partners -including Mia, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Tenement Museum - we are the first to develop the adaptation of Alzheimer’s resources for use in the Latine community, including the evidence-based “House of Memories” dementia awareness training program and the “Respite Education and Support Tools” (REST) training for respite volunteers.
We have guided the revision of the ACT on Alzheimer’s Spanish-language “Dementia Friends” curriculum and offered cultural competency training to community organizations – helping to create a broader network that is equipped and informed to provide effective, culturally-responsive care to Latine elders and caregivers.
Con los ojos del corazón
In collaboration with Teresa Mesa, Senior Lecturer at Macalester College, Centro Tyrone Guzman worked with Latine elders and their caregivers to create a culturally and linguistically appropriate Memory Book based on the “House of Memories” museum dementia awareness-training program. “House of Memories” was developed by National Museums Liverpool to support caregivers in the sharing of memories with people living with dementia, improving communication, and focusing on the person rather than the condition. The new Memory Book guides Latine elders and their caregivers through the process of identifying objects of importance from the elders’ past and using them to initiate conversations, strengthen family connections, and contribute to the self-esteem and well-being of each person living with Alzheimer’s.