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Through a grant provided by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), CASL provides high-quality, person-centered, culturally competent Alzheimer’s Disease services for its Chinese American older adult population.

Either virtually or safely in person, we educate the community in a culturally competent way and reduce stigma connected to the disease; by building a dementia-capable Chinese American community and making it possible for community-dwelling Chinese American older adults living with dementia to lead a high-quality healthy life.

The grant also allows us to provide training for CASL staff, with the aim of building a more dementia-capable workforce. CASL staff receive intensive training to become Certified Dementia Practitioners, which will increase staff knowledge and competency in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Ongoing bi-monthly training sessions for CASL older adult services staff enhance their knowledge and competency regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

A senior and caregiver engaged in art therapy

For Families and People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias:

  • Counseling Services: Individualized meetings with a masters-level counselor or social worker to address the emotional challenges related to caregiving.
  • Consultation Services: Individualized meetings with CASL staff to explore available dementia-related education, information and resources.
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Services: CASL’s OT provides individualized, client-centric services through therapeutic use of everyday life activities to promote physical and mental health and well-being. OT can help address difficulties in any daily activities important to the individual.
  • “New Ways for Better Days” Tailored Activity Program (TAP): For persons with Dementia and their caregivers, this is an individualized, family-centric program that provides activities tailored to abilities and interests. Caregivers (formal and informal) are trained in the use of activities as part of daily care routines.
  • Savvy Caregiver Express Program: A three-week program based on the Savvy Caregiver Program, Savvy Caregiver Express helps family caregivers to develop basic knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
  • Community Workshops: Educational programs on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, dementia caregiving issues, and other topics.