Considerations for the neuropsychological evaluation of older ethnic minority populations

Monica Rivera Mindt, Alyssa Arentoft, Kelly Coulehan, Desiree Byrd

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The US population is rapidly becoming both older and more culturally diverse [1]. These changes in the demographic profile of the US highlight the need for clinical neuropsychologists to be equipped to competently evaluate the growing population of older individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. However, there is a relative dearth of empirically based, practical resources specifically targeted toward serving such individuals. The aim of this chapter is to identify some of the most salient challenges in the evaluation of culturally diverse ethnic minority older adults and provide some guidelines to help face these challenges. We will examine sociocultural issues germane to older ethnic minority patients referred for neuropsychological evaluation and discuss relevant assessment considerations. Although the focus of this chapter is on ethnic minority older adults, this discussion may also be germane to other nontraditional, older populations including those from rural and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461431060
ISBN (Print)9781461431053
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Assessment
  • Cultural competence
  • Dementia
  • Diversity
  • Neurocognitive impairment
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Racial/ethnic minorities


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