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Training with Asian American seniors with Community Safety 101 Curriculum

Due to the concerns with Hmong senior Yia Xiong’s tragedy, Asian Media Access has collaborated with Hmong Shaman and Herb Center and Trellis, to tour area Chinese, Hmong, KaRen and Vietnamese senior centers to share our Community Safety 101 Curriculum. Instead of training/presentation style, AMA has chosen a more interactive discussion style with our seniors, incorporate with games and question/answering sessions to better alert seniors for diverse safety issues.

Senior safety comes in many forms–financial, physical, mental, and interpersonal safety. Many challenges are common across the board in senior safety, but there can be additional ones presented by a cultural or language barrier. Besides interactive discussion session, AMA also developed tip sheets help to address all concerns on a basic level for the Asian American senior population. These tip sheets have been broken down into the following sections:

I. PHYSICAL SAFETY – FALL PREVENTION

II. FINANCIAL SAFETY – FRAUD PREVENTION

III. MALTREATMENT
A. FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION
B. NEGLECT
C. ABUSE

IV. INTERPERSONAL SAFETY
A. PERSONAL VIOLENCE
B. POLICE ENCOUNTER

So far we have already hosted 4 training sessions to support area Asian seniors. Many seniors have actively participated in the discussion, shared their own stories, and enjoyed the fall prevention games. The best of all seniors enjoyed winning the prizes, and at one of our sessions, one senior has won the power recliner (Thanks for the Ryder and Good 360’s donation)!!!

We welcome more training activities with seniors, please contact us at: amamedia@amamedia.org

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