Neurocognitive Disorders: Cultural Factors

People diagnosed with neurocognitive disorders are a heterogeneous group, coming from a variety of social, racial/ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds, and it is important to examine the extent to which these factors influence both the expression and assessment of neurocognitive disorders. Furthermore, an understanding of the effects of intersectionality on responses to a dementia diagnosis may serve to better inform both informal and formal recommendations for care.

Impact of Culture on Perceptions and Expressions of Neurocognitive Changes

When viewed from a cross-cultural perspective, cognitive changes have been seen as a natural part of aging until a violation of cultural and social norms occurs, demonstrating the impact of culture on perceptions of cognition. For example, in indigenous cultures such as American Indians and Aboriginal Australians, expressions of ...

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