Dementia Friends PA Translates Curriculum for Accessibility

A new Dementia Friend completed the Tagalog curriculum.

As part of a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Dementia Friends Pennsylvania received funding to translate the Dementia Friends curriculum into additional languages, with the goal of making Dementia Friends accessible to everyone in Pennsylvania.

The curriculum will soon be available in Pennsylvania's most commonly spoken languages: Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, and French. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation contracted with Global Wordsmiths and recruited volunteer native speakers to complete the language library. These volunteers were asked to provide feedback on activities that have been adapted for other cultures and languages. Once the final recommendations are implemented, Dementia Friends Pennsylvania then aims to train bilingual community members to become Dementia Friends Champions, who can then provide sessions in languages other than English.

In an additional effort to make Dementia Friends accessible, Dementia Friends Pennsylvania presented their work during a February 4 meeting with the Governor's Commissions, at the invitation of Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. The executive directors of the External Affairs Commissions on African American Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, Latino Affairs, and LGBTQ Affairs and the External Affairs Commission for Women were present.

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