AAPI 50-Plus and family caregivers now have access to more caregiving resources in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
By: Staff Writer
According to AARP, more than one in five Americans (21.3 percent) are caregivers — this is an estimated 53 million adults in the United States who have had to provide care to an adult or child at some time in the past 12 months. Among this group, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) caregivers rely on non-English language materials to help them care for their loved ones.
In response to the AAPI community’s needs for more non-English materials for family caregivers, AARP has recently expanded its pool of caregiving resources in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. These resources are available on the AARP website and include financial and Medicare handbooks, as well as health videos on topics such as what to know about medication and preparing a loved one for a hospital stay.
AARP has partnered with several national and local community-based organizations — Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Asian American Federation, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), Chinese Community Center (CCC), National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Self-Help for the Elderly — to distribute and promote these caregiving resources. These non-profit organizations provide services to older AAPIs in 25 states.
“Caregivers should not have to go through the process of caregiving alone, especially our AAPI caregivers who are typically underrepresented in data and underserved in terms of resources,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “Accessibility to resources plays a key role in health equity, so AARP is proud to create and distribute additional materials through our state offices and community partners that service AAPI elders around the country. Providing in-language resources is a step in the right direction, and we hope that our expanded materials contribute to a stronger infrastructure for our caregivers and their families.”
AARP has been serving communities for over 60 years. They are the nation’s largest nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older, to choose how they live as they age. To be a part of their journey and to access more caregiving resources, join the AARP AAPI community on Facebook (@AARPAAPI) and Twitter (@AARPAAPI).
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About AARP: AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
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