Family caregiving is a challenging, if incredibly rewarding, enterprise. Family caregivers of diverse backgrounds, which will soon make up the majority of family caregivers in the United States, are in dire need of resources specific to their situation.
Beginning in mid-December, and free to all participants, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is hosting a series of six webinars designed as a cohesive class curriculum, each focused on one DEC member’s constituent population and taught be DEC leaders, expert researchers and practitioners. Called “Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers Series,” curriculum will cover family caregiving trends, diverse family caregiver support, barriers to such support in the existing service network, ways to address such barriers, policies and practices to improve support for diverse family caregivers and benefits from new policies and practices, such as reduced burden and stress, improved quality of life and cost savings from moving back into the community.
The DEC was founded in 2010 to advocate for policies and programs that improve aging in communities as racially and ethnically diverse people. In the decades to come, these communities will form the majority of older adults in the United States. Coalition members include the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging; National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National Indian Council on Aging, SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LBGT Elders) and Southeast Asia Resource Center.