[PARTNER] Filipino Americans Struggle with Caring for Aging Loved Ones

 United Farm Worker leader Pete Velasco (Source: youtube.com/AARP)

United Farm Worker leader Pete Velasco (Source: youtube.com/AARP)

It’s something every family must face at some point. How do you care for loved ones who may have cared for you much of their younger lives.

For Filipino Americans, the conversation on how to care for aging loved ones can be difficult.

The AARP has just released a ten minute documentary Caregiving Dahil Mahal Kita (Because I Love You) narrated by award winning television reporter Lloyd LaCuesta addressing some of these issues.

The hope is the documentary will be a conversation starter for many families.

“We produced Caregiving Dahil Mahal Kita (Because I Love You) to help families start the difficult conversations around caregiving for their loved ones,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience. “The documentary is a starting point for candid discussions about the needs of our family members, the importance of pre-planning and solutions available, and how to cope with day-to-day
decisions required to care for a loved one at home, whether they live nearby or faraway.”

Three Filipino Americans tell their on personal stories about caring for loved ones in the film.

According to AARP Research, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) provide caregiving for their families more than any other ethnic group:

• 73% of AAPIs feel that adult children should care for their elderly parents, compared to 49% of other Americans

• 72% of AAPIs express guilt for not providing more care, compared to 48% of other Americans

• 42% of AAPIs are more likely to care for a parent or older relative,compared with 22% of the general population

• 33% of AAPIs age 45 to 55 expect their children to care for them, compared to 22% of the total 45 to 55 population

• 17% of AAPI households are multigenerational, compared to 7% of other Americans.

Caregiving: Dahil Mahal Kita (Because I Love You) was directed by Stephen Menick.

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