New Partnership Aims to Develop the Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander Dementia Care NetworkThree-year grant awarded to the Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, the Alzheimer’s Association and UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – January 25, 2010 –The Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley (ACC) announced today that The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has awarded a $700,000 Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program grant to support the creation of “Bridge to Healthy Families,” a Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander (API) Dementia Care Network, a joint project of the Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter and the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures in California, 97,000 people in the state have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). While the incidence of AD in the general population in California is projected to double by 2030 in people over age 55, that number will actually triple among the API community, creating a burgeoning need for dementia care.
“Sacramento County has one of the highest concentrations of API elders in the state, but this community has a history of health and social services underutilization,” said Edie Yau, Director of Diversity with the Alzheimer’s Association. “Persistent reliance on family, cultural beliefs, lack of knowledge about dementia and other conditions, limited English skills and a lack of language/culturally competent services create barriers to service for the API community.”
This Sacramento API Dementia Care Network partnership, also known as “Bridge to Healthy Families,” will address these barriers by focusing on three key areas: improving the understanding of dementia and depression among API family caregivers and community organizations; building capacity to enable service providers to reach families and coordinate services; and piloting interventions using community assets to identify, serve and connect API caregivers with service providers and resources that will sustain family care of elders.
“This project will seek to provide direct assistance to caregivers from Sacramento’s very diverse Asian communities, including Chinese, Japanese and Filipino, among others, with services such as caregiver education, drop-in respite care, in-home nursing services and much more,” said Donna Yee, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley. “The project will also offer education to mainstream service providers on how to work with this very linguistically and culturally diverse population.”
The Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program was established by the Weinberg Foundation to increase support for projects that support family and friends that deliver the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled older loved ones. The grants were made to nonprofits in nine states, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Maine, New Hampshire, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. The grants provide funds to support innovative and evidence-based community projects that help family and friends who care for low- and moderate-income, older adults.
“The evidence is clear that community organizations need to facilitate access to the support service needs of API caregivers,” said Ladson Hinton, M.D., Director of the Education Core at UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “This grant will allow our organizations to create a network that will enable an underserved population to gain access to comprehensive support services for family caregivers and their care receivers.”
ABOUT THE ACC
The Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, Inc. (ACC) is a private not-for-profit tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation established in 1972. ACC’s mission is to promote the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for our community by identifying, developing, and providing culturally sensitive health and social services for older adults. Programs include the award-winning ACC Nursing Home, Rides Transportation Services, Lifelong Learning & Wellness Program, Respite and Caregiver Cooperative, and ACC Greenhaven Terrace, an independent living community for older adults. For more information, please visit www.accsv.org.