Ethnogerontology: Role of Culture in Aging

This workshop introduces the learner to basic background and skills needed to provide a culturally competent geriatric assessment and care. Participants will learn strategies for effective communication, guidelines for use of standardized assessment instruments, and the five domains of ethnogeriatric assessment (client background, clinical domains, problem specific information, intervention specific data and outcome criteria). This content forms the basis for development of culturally competent geriatric assessment by health practitioners.

After completion of this module, participants will be equipped to:

  • Conduct culturally appropriate assessments that are respectful of individuals and families.

  • Develop culturally appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

  • Identify benefits and weaknesses of using different types of interpreters.

  • Describe the process and use of translation/back-translation to achieve better conceptual equivalence of materials and assessment tools.

  • Conduct an ethnogeriatric health assessment including elicitation of:

    a. background/contextual data,
    b. clinical geriatric assessment domains,
    c. problem specific information (including explanatory model),
    d. intervention specific data, and
    e. outcomes criteria.

  • List the major components of geriatric assessment and related cultural issues.