Past Free Webcast – Speaking of Dementia: How to Refer to Dementia in Racial-Ethnic Minority Community-Facing Communications- December 14th, 2021

Earn 1.25 hrs CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
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Zachary Baker, PhD., University of Minnesota, MN  Going into a Community, We Need to Start from Where They’re At–Caregiver and Advocate Perspectives

Manka Nkimbeng, PhD., MPH, RN, University of Minnesota, MN  I Didn’t Really Fully Understand Until I Came into the States: African Immigrants’ ADRD (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia) Introduction/Awareness

Luis D. Medina, PhD., University of Houston, AZ  Communication of ADRD in Hispanic/Latin American Communities

Robbin Frazier, BSBA, University of Minnesota, MN  Lessons Learned from Focus Groups and Community Outreach in the African American Community.

Handout Speaking of Dementia 12.14.21

Special Note: This presentation Speaking of Dementia: How to Refer to Dementia in Racial-Ethnic Minority Community-Facing Communications was part of the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific meeting – Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the “New Normal” on Saturday, November 13, 2021.


  1. Identify the preferences of several racial/ethnic minority groups when discussing dementia.
  2. Define the implications of different terms potentially used when referring to dementia.
  3. Discuss Stigma, Shame, and Silence as cultural considerations related to dementia in racial-ethnic minority communities.

Zachary Baker, PhD

Robert L. Kane Post-Doctoral Fellow; Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Dr. Zachary Baker earned his PhD from the University of Houston in 2019 with a minor in quantitative methods. He focuses on applying the theoretical, methodological, and statistical rigor that were essential to his work in social psychology to persons living with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers.

His aim is to better understand, develop, evaluate, and disseminate technological tools and psychosocial resources that help caregivers and persons with dementia to thrive during and after the dementia caregiving process. Dr. Baker’s work is funded through a career development award from the National Institute on Aging, focused on former dementia caregivers (K99 AG073463); he also convenes the Supporting Dementia Caregivers After Death Community Advisory Board.

Manka Nkimbeng, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor; Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Dr. Manka Nkimbeng is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and an Affiliate assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Prior to that, she was a Robert L. Kane Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She received her PhD in nursing from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and Bachelors of Science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Nkimbeng’s research centers on understanding the causes of health inequities in minorities and improving health outcomes for older adults. In partnership with the African Career, Education & Resource (ACER) Inc. and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Dr. Nkimbeng is currently leading two projects with African immigrants in Minnesota. These projects seek to understand African immigrants’ dementia care, caregiving, and education experiences, and needs. Encompassing her research and policy expertise, she plans to adapt and test interventions that can be translated into health policies and practices to improve health and eliminate health inequities for older adults.

Luis D. Medina, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, Collaborative on Aging Research and Multicultural Assessment (CARMA); Department of Psychology; University of Houston

Dr. Luis D. Medina is a bilingual and bicultural, licensed clinical psychologist and cultural neuropsychologist. He received his B.A. in psychology from Yale University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology / neuropsychology from the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Medina completed his clinical predoctoral internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center (geropsychology track) followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in adult clinical neuropsychology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

As a member of the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center, he carried out postdoctoral research in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative disease. He is also the director of the NIH-funded Engaging Communities of Hispanics/Latinos for Aging Research (ECHAR) Network, a multi-site collaborative effort to address the limited diversity in aging research samples. His research examines the cultural neuroscience of cognitive aging, particularly in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

Robbin Frazier, BSBA

Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement; Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation – School of Public Health; Division of Health Policy and Management – University of Minnesota

Robbin leads the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation’s (CHAI) work to advance health equity for BIPOC, LGBT, and other under-served aging communities and efforts to build and sustain innovations in care and services by establishing vibrant community, governmental, business, and individual collaborations to promote healthy aging for Minnesotans. Robbin is known as a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with expertise in aging services, health equity, community engagement, and Alzheimer’s.

Prior to joining the UMM, Robbin was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND Chapter where she collaborated with community health clinics located in and serving diverse communities to promote training and establish systems to support early dementia detection, diagnosis, intervention, care, and community referrals. Robbin is tri-chair of the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging – Diverse Elders Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Gerontological Society and African American Leadership Forum.