Asians and Pacific Islanders and Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease is a growing concern within the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) comprise a diverse group of people originating from as many as 50 nations and speaking more than 100 different languages and dialects.
In the United States, there are over 14 million Asians and over 1 million native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Asians account for over 5 percent of the U.S. population. This number represents an increase of 43 percent from the 2000 census, which makes Asian Americans one the fastest growing major racial/ethnic group. The number of APIs is expected to grow to over 40 million by the year 2050.
A number of barriers such as cultural beliefs and language can prevent early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not normal aging or a mental illness. It is a brain disease that gets worse over time. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are ways to manage the symptoms and help the elder and the family.
If Alzheimer’s disease is a concern for you or someone in your family, it is very important to have accurate information and good support. The Alzheimer’s Association and this website can help you learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, apply caregiving tips and identify resources.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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