Culture, Race, and SES: Application to End of Life Decision Making for African American Caregivers Culture and race are constructs that are conceptually distinct, but often are used interchangeably and without a working definition. The distinctions and unique contribution of each blur even more when one considers socioeconomic status (SES). In this paper, we will offer working and conceptual definitions of culture, race, and SES. ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
Culture, Race, and SES: Application to End of Life Decision Making for African American Caregivers
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  • Sharon Wallace Williams
    Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
  • I. Shevon Harvey
    Department of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Disclosure: Sharon Wallace Williams has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 2013
Culture, Race, and SES: Application to End of Life Decision Making for African American Caregivers
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2013, Vol. 18, 69-76. doi:10.1044/gero18.2.69
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2013, Vol. 18, 69-76. doi:10.1044/gero18.2.69

Culture and race are constructs that are conceptually distinct, but often are used interchangeably and without a working definition. The distinctions and unique contribution of each blur even more when one considers socioeconomic status (SES). In this paper, we will offer working and conceptual definitions of culture, race, and SES. We also will address application of the concepts to end of life considerations for informal caregivers, and other family members, of older African Americans with end-stage dementia.

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