May 8 — Caregivers of friends and family members are invited to attend a free event on Saturday, May 8, at the Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Little Tokyo.
Caring for a loved one is an important responsibility that more than 52 million wives and husbands, sons and daughters, in-laws, grandchildren, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends across America take on every day. Research and everyday experiences indicate that families of Asian ancestry often feel a special need to support their elders with day-to-day activities from chores to errands, and frequently struggle with balancing their lives. Because of the high likelihood that most people will experience the joys and challenges of caregiving at some point in life, the Little Tokyo Service Center is coordinating an event to help caregivers equip themselves with tools to navigate the maze of physical and emotional needs, and get referrals to access critical supportive services.
Grace Kim, a long-time community activist and educator, will share about her ongoing journey with her husband who is living with Parkinson’s Disease. Erich Nakano will tell his story from the perspective of a sandwiched Sansei juggling work, raising kids and caring for the Nisei generation. In addition to learning from the experiences of other caregivers, the event will feature presentations by service professionals. Janet Morris, Esq. of Bet Tzedek will highlight legal issues related to caregiving and how to get prepared. Other topics include strategies to identify and relieve caregiver stress, good nutrition with Asian diets, and available community resources. Presentations will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and Korean.
The caregiver training event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nishi Hongwanji Temple, located at 815 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Lunches will be provided to those who RSVP by May 3. The event is sponsored by the Little Tokyo Service Center and is funded in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.LTSC.org or contact the Social Services Department at (213) 473-3035.