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Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
- Describe the status and care of Black older adults during the antebellum period of the United States.
- Describe the different assumptions of Black older adults that help to inform conceptions of health and illness.
- Describe today’s African American population using the following categories:
- demographic characteristics
- ethnic-specific patterns of social support
- major causes of mortality
- relative risk for dementia, diabetes, and prostate cancer
- Identify key barriers to Black older adults’ participation in health and related services.
- Explain briefly the concepts: natural causes of illness; occult and spiritual forms of illness.
- Discuss the effects of cultural bias on misdiagnoses and errors in treatment planning for patients.
- Recommend a culturally appropriate approach to end-of-life care for African American older.