Care For Asian American Seniors


The care of elders among Asian Americans carries with it attitudes, beliefs, and practices that can be starkly different from those of the general population. Many 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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NEW YORK CITY

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.
NEW YORK CITY

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."
NEW YORK CITY

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."
CALIFORNIA

Dignified: A Filipina Taking Pride In Caregiving

"Growing up, I learned that people would talk to me about either of three things when they found out I was Somali: it's either famine, pirates, or civil war. It's always the same words coming back."
NEW YORK CITY

Aging and Alone: Fighting Social Isolation

More than half of all seniors aged 75+ 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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