Much of the research on dementia in the United States has overlooked African Americans, but the prevalence of dementia in this population is more widespread than you might think. PhD candidate Kalisha Bonds is doing a deep dive into the subject as a student at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Her research is focused on decision-making and the use of formal medical care by African Americans with dementia and their care partners. Kalisha tells us how being raised by her grandmother inspired her career path and what she’s uncovered so far in her research. She tells us how she finds research participants in the Portland area, and how the culture compares with the rural Tennessee town where she was raised. She also defines a word you’ll find hard to forget: dyad. Kalisha Bonds, MSN, PMHN-BC, is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Nursing at OHSU.

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OHSU Profile of Kalisha Bonds

Also mentioned in the interview:
“Formal Service Use by African American Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers: An Integrative Review” – Journal of Gerontological Nursing (K. Bonds and KS Lyons)
Medical Apartheid (Harriet A. Washington)
Alzheimer’s Association

Contact Kalisha:
Connect on Twitter: @future_drbonds
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