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1 Community Research Workshop - CRWIII Friday, February 17, 2012 Korean American Community Services

2  In 2050 1. The U.S. population will be older than it is now. 2. The U.S. population is becoming more diverse by race.  By 2050, minorities will be the majority in America (CNN News, August 13, 2008)

3  Life Expectancy 76.0 years in 1993 will be 82.6 years in 2050  75 years or older 6% in 2005 will be 11.6% in 2050  85 years or older 2 million in 2005 will be 5.1 million in 2050


5  Approximately 70,000 Korean Americans live in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The majority of Korean Americans, or 72%, are foreign-born, and of those, a third are recent immigrants.  Korean immigrants have one of the lowest rates of English- speaking ability: 67% say they do not speak English very well and 40% live in a linguistically isolated household (one in which no adult speaks English well).  Korean Americans living in Chicago face severe economic hardships: 29% have incomes below the poverty level, including 21% of children, 24% of adults, and 64% of seniors.  According to census data, seniors aged 65 and over accounted for 12.2% of the total Korean American population in 2000, compared to 6.8% in 1990 and 3.9% in 1980.

6  Demographic Reason  Fourth largest sub-group among Asian Americans  One of the fastest growing populations in the US  Cultural Reason  KA immigrants hold common misconceptions and negative feelings about AD.  Cultural beliefs attributing dementia to personal failure can lead to shame, which prevents disclosure of condition as well as help seeking behavior.  KAs rely more on informal/familial support than WAs, but immigrants are often hindered in using this resource (Janevic, Mary R., & Connell, Cathleen, Racial. (2001). Ethnic, and Cultural Differences in the Dementia Caregiving Experience: Recent Findings. The Gerontologist. Vol. 41, No. 3:334-347)

7  As the prevalence of AD is directly correlated with age, the community at large needs to prepare for the implications of the current demographic trend among KA seniors living in Chicago.  There is a dearth of research and general information regarding effective, culturally appropriate interventions targeting this ethnic community.

8 Korean American Community Services Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center 1.A 40-year history of responding to the acute needs for Korean Americans in Chicago. 2.A long standing reputation for providing culturally and linguistically competent services. 1.A comprehensive knowledge of dementia related diseases. 2.One of 29 AD centers designated by the National Institute on Aging. 3.Conducts basic, clinical and behavioral research, provides treatment and care for patients and families and trains scientists and health care providers who are new to AD research. 1.Prior experience in CBPR in the past. 2.Experience working in collaboration with other partner agencies. 3.Clinical social work experience, including working with older adults and their families.

9 1. Establish a strong working relationship and infrastructure. 2. Involve stakeholders in exploring the attitudes about AD and barriers to seeking help among KA community. 3. Build our collective capacity by holding educational workshops. 4. Develop culturally appropriate research tools for future use in implementation.

10 Monthly meetings Memorandum of Understanding

11 Workshop with stake holders on 10/12/2011 Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-trainer Educational program on 11/11/2011

12  KACS providing presentation at CNADC @ Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on 1/26/2012

13  As a result of this groundwork, we will be prepared to implement the proposed research, ultimately utilizing our findings to design effective programming to serve the growing population of Korean American seniors.

14  Takes a long time to move on to the implementation of the program  Time and energy consuming  Lack of opportunities to connect with academic partners  Great learning opportunities to build capacities  Build collaborative relationship with partners  Potential to find great funding opportunities for the program

15  Listen carefully what the community has to say before you bring your own agenda.  Remember that we are learning from each other.  Treat the community workers as experts.  Show your commitment to help look for resources for the community after the research is finished.  Stay connected even when you are not working on the project. (For example: - be on the list to receive e-newsletter. - participate in their annual fundraising dinner.)



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