Caring for persons with dementia is demanding and complicated since there is “no one-size-fits all formula for dementia care. The care needs to be modified to fit the various stages of the condition and each family's unique situation. Racial and ethnic differences place unique demand on all the forms of dementia care; in-home care (IHC), long-term care (LTC), adult day centers(ADC), short term care (STC) and hospice care (HC).

This paper aimed to study how Somali elders think and interact with dementia care services, from in-home care to hospice care. Some recommendations to study this issue is to do a systematic review on related articles that would aid in understanding how Somali elders perceive dementia care in the US. Challenges and limitations of Somalis being refugees, immigrants and having unique cultural identity were reviewed.

The paper analyzes the Somali cultural and religious norms and evaluates how these have influence on how they utilize dementia care services. Inferences were drawn from over 13 articles on Somali refugee mental health, Somali cultural profile, dementia in Somali community and journal of immigrant health among others.

This paper shows the unique cultural and racial values that Somali elders would want to be incorporated into dementia care services. Challenges associated with Somalis as refugees (post-war), as immigrants, and as people with different cultural and religious norms were found to have direct and indirect influence on how they interact with dementia care services in the United States.


Kathryn Elliott

Committee Member

Aaron Hoy

Committee Member

Jeffrey Buchanan

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Aging Studies



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