SAN FRANCISCO - June 12, 2012 - In order to assist as broad and diverse a population as possible, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to announce the addition of newly translated fact sheets to its comprehensive library of educational materials for families and caregivers.
The fact sheets are translated into Korean and Vietnamese, in addition to updated versions in Chinese. Topics include Alzheimer's disease; understanding and caring for someone with dementia; and legal planning. Additional titles will be posted in the weeks to come.
The following Fact Sheets are available on the Family Caregiver Alliance website :
The entire list of FCA publications includes many in Spanish and newly updated Chinese translations (both Simple and Traditional).
According to the California Healthcare Foundation, "The number of people in the U.S. who don't speak English as their native language has grown 140% over the past three decades, according to the Census Bureau. While it may not continue at that pace, the number of Americans for whom English is a second language is expected to continue growing.
"California, with one of the most diverse populations in the country, has large—and growing—populations whose first language is Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese or another of the 100 languages spoken in the state. Officials estimate about 40% of Californians speak a language other than English at home. Unfortunately, the healthcare system has not always been able to keep up with this explosion of language and cultural differences, even though the need is critical."
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are complicated and bewildering illnesses. Families in some communities are shamed or stigmatized when a loved one suffers from these conditions.
"We want to help families learn as much as they can about these memory-robbing illnesses so they can make the right decisions as they care for their parents and grandparents. But language and cultural differences can add barriers that impact the ability to get essential health information and services," said Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance. "We hope that the new publications help overcome those barriers."
The translations of the FCA fact sheets were made possible through a partnership with PASSi (Penn Asian Senior Services) and a grant they received from the Aetna Foundation.
PASSi is a nonprofit home health care agency that helps meet the need for bicultural/bilingual home health aides in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Recognizing the cultural considerations and issues faced by Asian/Pacific Islander family caregivers, PASSi shares FCA's goal: to overcome the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions and the language barriers that prevent family caregivers from seeking the resources they need to provide the best care for loved ones.
San Francisco-based Family Caregiver Alliance and its National Center on Caregiving offer local and national programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. FCA is now celebrating its 35th Anniversary of service to family caregivers. A wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates, discussion groups, and the Family Care Navigator are available free on the website. For more information call (800) 445-8106
Contact: Leah Eskenazi, (415) 434-3388, leskenazi (at) caregiver (dot) org., or media (at) caregiver (dot) org.