Emotional care by culturally and linguistically diverse carers of people living with dementia

Presenters: Dr Andrew Gilbert, NARI

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About the presentation

Dementia can be an extremely emotionally disruptive condition. For migrants living with dementia, changes in cognition intersect with diverse cultural understandings of dementia and the impact of dementia on a person’s status within their community, affecting the emotional experiences of both the person themselves and their loved ones.

This presentation will examine the emotional experiences of dementia care among 93 culturally and linguistically diverse carers, who participated in qualitative interviews as part of the Moving Pictures project. The presentation draws on the sociology of emotions to analyse how carers interpret the role of emotions in caring for a person with dementia. It discusses their strategies of emotional labour, whereby through managing their own emotions carers also attempt to manage the emotions of the person they care for.

About the presenter

Dr Andrew Simon Gilbert is a Research Fellow in the Social Gerontology division at NARI. His disciplinary background is in sociology, communication studies, ageing, and qualitative research. . He is an emerging researcher in health and aged care systems, including organisational issues and policy. Dr Gilbert joined NARI in November 2018 to work on projects related to raising dementia awareness among CALD communities, the use of video-interpreting for home-based aged care assessments of clients from CALD backgrounds, and stakeholder perspectives of 'good aged care' in Australian aged care facilities. In 2020, he led a project investigating Integrated Models of Care, Health and Housing on behalf of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. He also has 10 years’ experience working with people with intellectual disabilities in both government and non-profit sectors.

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