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Virtual Symposium: Let’s Talk About Dementia and Culture 2022

How We Talk and Teach About Dementia in Cultural and Linguistic Communities

On November 15, 2022, JF&CS hosted the virtual symposium Let's Talk About Dementia and Culture 2022. Over 600 participants joined in a far-reaching discussion of disparities in the risk of developing dementia and in access to diagnosis, research participation, and information and services. Dementia educators and advocates in Black/African American, Chinese, Brazilian/Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Spanish-speaking, and Southeast Asian communities, as well as those working with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, shared community needs, barriers and strengths, and how to encourage open conversation, seeking help, and advocacy. Finally, we explored the steps that a statewide or regional initiative can take to better represent, include, and learn from the many different communities within its service area.

The symposium was led by Dementia Friends Massachusetts, a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston. It is co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter, Dementia Action Alliance, and National Council of Dementia Minds. Thank you to our Silver Sponsors Embrace Home Care and Massachusetts Councils on Aging, the Lebovitz Family Charitable Trust, and to Point32Health Foundation for supporting Dementia Friends Massachusetts’ ongoing work with community partners and this symposium.  

Watch the Symposium

Part 1: Community Roundtable Discussion

  • Welcome from Nora Moreno Cargie, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and President of Point32Health Foundation 

  • Framing today’s conversation – Disparities, differences, and the case for community partnerships, by Beth Soltzberg 

  • Personal story of living well with dementia by Anitra (Nia) Mostacero 

  • Roundtable discussion with Community Partners: Arnetta E. Baty and Carl Byron Baty, Kun Chang, Alana Dundon, Anitra (Nia) Mostacero, Tirsa Ramirez, Saw Reh, Kathy Service, Judith Thermidor, and Bonnie Burman, facilitated by Beth Soltzberg 

  • Community concepts of dementia; community needs, barriers and strengths; how to encourage open conversation, seeking help, and advocacy


Click here for the recording of Part 1 in SpanishPortuguese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.


Part 2: Road to Representation 

  • Exploring the “Road to Representation” – how Dementia Friends Massachusetts has followed the “four R’s” to engage and serve more cultural and linguistic communities, presented by Beth Soltzberg

  • Audience questions, comments, and discussion with Community Partners

Click here for the recording of Part 2 in Spanish and in Portuguese.

A transcript of the symposium in English is available from our CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provider.  

More videos:

Symposium Slides and Resources

Symposium Speakers

  • Arnetta E. Baty, Rounding the Bases, Inc.
  • Bonnie Burman, ScD, Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, I/DD and Dementia Specialist
  • Kun Chang, MSW, LCSW, Associate Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
  • Alana Dundon, Brazilian Educator and Psychologist
  • Anitra (Nia) Mostacero, Advocate Living with Dementia, First Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (retired)
  • Tirsa Ramirez, Spanish Educator, Latino Health Insurance Program
  • Saw Reh, Vietnamese and Burmese Educator, Southeast Asian Coalition
  • Kathy Service, RN/NP, I/DD and Dementia Specialist
  • Beth Soltzberg, LICSW, MBA, Lead, Dementia Friends Massachusetts; Director, JF&CS Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support Program
  • Judith Thermidor, Haitian Creole Educator

Continuing Education

The program was approved for three (3) Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 91323. 

Based on requirements from licensing organizations, we cannot provide CE certificates to those who watch the recordings but did not attend “live” on November 15, 2022. 

For more information about the symposium, please contact Beth Soltzberg at

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