Care For Asian American Seniors

Caregiving for aging adults among Asian Americans comes with attitudes, beliefs, and practices that can be starkly different from those of the general population. Many of the adults are immigrants who struggle adjusting to a new environment and the acculturated lifestyle of their children. How can their friends, loved ones, and healthcare providers give the kind of care that respects their traditional cultures while meeting their most basic needs?

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NextDayBetter collaborates with AARP to design and launch storytelling experiences that empower Asian American Pacific Islanders to give better care for their loved ones and communities.
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Enduring Alzheimer’s Disease Together

This is a caregiving story that presents the challenges and hopes of an Asian American couple and their battle with Alzheimer's Disease. They share their immigrant story and the sacrifices, fears, and hopes in enduring Alzheimer's Disease together.

Acceptance: Richard Lui’s Father and Alzheimer’s Disease

"When we first learned about my father's dementia, it was like watching my dad die in front of me. His memories were being taken away everyday. He won't remember things that he cares about."

Devotion: Learning to Love a Stranger Unconditionally

"We treated him like he was one of us. We didn't treat him like a special person. We conversed with him. Eventually, we got used to each other. Three months after we started to care for him, my brother hugged him and he hugged my brother back. Now we all just hug each other."

Dignified: A Filipina Taking Pride in Caregiving

"Look at me, I'm miles away from my family; I can't see my kids. Do you feel bad for me? I don't because there's a purpose. I'm here to help you."

Aging and Alone: Fighting Social Isolation

More than half of all seniors age 75 and above in the United States live alone. Living in isolation without strong support significantly raises the risk of injury and illness. Seniors in the Asian American Pacific Islander community are especially vulnerable, often facing the added burdens of poverty and language barriers.

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