Alzheimer’s Association and Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation Partnership Announcement

Tzu Chi Medical Foundation  |  June 29, 2020

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation are pleased to announce the expansion of their partnership to better reach and engage the Chinese-American community by providing important information relating to Alzheimer’s detection, diagnosis, care, treatment, research, and advocacy.

The Association has already begun the process of training Tzu Chi’s staff and volunteers using onsite training and webinar programs during the COVID-19 crisis. It will not only focus on training more Mandarin Chinese-speaking facilitators but will also provide support and resources to people suffering from the disease and their caregivers.

Tzu Chi Medical CEO, Dr. William Keh expressed that “Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate and we must not allow the current COVID-19 pandemic to interrupt our progress. It is through our collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association that Tzu Chi’s dedicated volunteers and staff will learn and bring much-needed information about Alzheimer’s and other dementia to Chinese-speaking communities.”

A relationship between the two organizations began in 2019. They both saw the need to raise awareness of the disease within California’s aging Chinese-American community so more could receive proper treatment and care. By hosting forums and workshops during the pilot phase, they received a terrific response from their target community which led to the establishment of a formal partnership between them. Both organizations are excited about this new journey and are eager to get to work

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter serves Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Kings, Tulare and Inyo Counties.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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About Tzu Chi Medical:

“We recognize suffering doesn’t stop at the body, and that’s why we offer more than just treatment. We give patients and their families a shoulder to lean on.”

Established in 1993, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi Medical, has provided holistic and integrated healthcare to many underprivileged individuals across the United States. Its community clinics in Alhambra, South El Monte, and Wilmington, California provide exceptional care to underserved populations within these regions. Tzu Chi Medical also hosts free, large-scale medical outreach events periodically in addition to mobile dental and vision programs, support groups, and preventive health education. Volunteer doctors and nurses, as well as other health care professionals and volunteers, serve their patients with compassion and care.