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A new program from the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) provides information to culturally and linguistically diverse carers, helping to empower them to continue caring for their older loved ones with dementia.

NARI says research shows that caring for older people with dementia at home can be overwhelming at times and be very intensive, especially for carers with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. These carers require support and information that cuts across language barriers.

It is estimated that carers with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experience 2.5 times more distress than other carers.

The Social Gerontology team at the National Ageing Research Institute is hoping that their new project, the Drawing Out Care Study, will improve on the issues these carers are facing by making information more accessible in a language they understand.

Bianca Brijnath, a professor at the institute, says the new resources are building on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) iSupport Lite programme, which was adapted for the current community needs in Australia.

“With about 30% of older Australians being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, increasingly from Asia, it is important to meet the needs of non-English speaking Australians with dementia and their carers,” said Professor Brijnath.

“This will be a trial of completely digital resources, co-designed with the community. We will be working with culturally and linguistically diverse family carers, clinicians, service providers, and people living with dementia, as well as our partners Dementia Australia, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), and the World Health Organisation, to adapt the organisation’s resources for local audiences.

“The clinical and cost effectiveness of the intervention will then be evaluated in a trial with 194 Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Spanish-speaking carers.”

This program will be providing culturally and linguistically diverse families, carers, and people living with dementia with useful resources, including animations, digital fact sheets, and a multilingual chat bot, that will provide information whenever they need it to assist with living at home. The full article can be found in this link.