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Volunteer Resources

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At CaringMatters, volunteers are the heart and soul of everything we do in the community. We value your time and dedication to this special mission of compassionate support. This page was created to provide specialized resources and information to help support you in your volunteer work. We view this page as a dynamic library that can extend our training, broaden our perspectives and cultivate deeper understanding about how different cultures and religions view aging, serious illness, caregiving, end-of-life, loss and grief. If you discover a resource you would like to share with your fellow volunteers, please email Leigh Bluestein at leighb@caringmatters.org.

Stanford Medicine Ethnogeriatrics

The field of ethnogeriatrics refers to:

  • Health care for older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds

  • Intersection of the studies of aging, ethnicity, and health
     

Stanford Medicine identified the major ethnic groups of older adults in the United States and developed individual stand alone modules on thirteen ethnicities. They strived to describe the commonalities for each ethnic group described, but noted that there is tremendous heterogeneity in the populations of older adults described in each module. The initial goal was to adhere to a common content outline for all the modules. However, owing to great diversity, each module has a certain uniqueness to it that is both due to the stylistic preferences of the authors as well as due to the inherent cultural qualities of the ethnicity described. Click below to view the different modules.

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Source: NCOA

LGBTQ+ Support Resources


PFLAG is the nation's largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.

Grief Support Resources


Spe
aking Grief is a public media initiative aimed at creating a more grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping to guide those who wish to support them.

What's Your Grief Blog - The mission of this website is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways. 

Modern Loss Online Community - Candid conversations about grief

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