SAN FRANCISCO - January 29, 2013 - Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the Fifth Annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.
The Awards program was established through a grant to FCA's National Center on Caregiving. A distinguished panel of reviewers determined the award-winners from a diverse group of applicants from across the country.
Awards of $20,000 each will be presented to nonprofit organizations to recognize programs that address the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers in three categories: Creative Expression; Policy & Advocacy; and Diverse/Multicultural Communities.
The organizations' programs will be honored at the "Aging in America" Annual Conference in Chicago on March 14, 2013. For Conference information, visit: http://www.asaging.org/aia.
The Center on Age & Community's activities focus on leading in the field of long term care by offering cutting edge educational programs and products, and creating national models of person-centered dementia care. TimeSlips is one such model.
TimeSlips opens creative storytelling to people with dementia by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. It inspires others to see beyond loss to recognize their strengths; and improves the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers. The program offers training, certification, and consulting, and acts as a resource for those dedicated to transforming dementia care through creative engagement. The project also includes a free, interactive website where caregivers can facilitate storytelling wherever they are—at home or in congregate settings. Approximately 3,000 caregivers have been trained through in-person and online workshops over the past 14 years.
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human service organization that assists thousands of people each year through direct service programs, research, leadership and community capacity building.
About 19% of caregivers self-identify as such. Most caregivers do not access resources to help them in their role, and as a result do not access supports that could help them in their role. This creates a domino effect of negative health and economic consequences. Wilder's response to this problem was to develop and launch an innovative approach to identifying and engaging caregivers before the crisis. This public awareness campaign has had tremendous impact on creating community awareness of caregivers. Approximately 45,000 caregivers of those with dementia were reached by the year-long campaign.
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center operates the only fully integrated Seniors Services program for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual (LGBT) seniors in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Alzheimer's disease impacts LGBT seniors at the same rate as their heterosexual peers. As a result, the Center's Seniors Services program developed monthly Alzheimer's (Disease) Caregiver and Bereavement support groups. These are the only support groups specifically for LGBT caregivers and partners living with Alzheimer's disease in the nation. Those who participate in the Caregiver support groups also have access to a system of comprehensive wrap-around care with legal, medical, and mental health services.
CJE Senior Life, IL, Chesed Project at Taos Jewish Center, NM; Labor Project for Working Families, CA; Museum of Modern Art, NY: Banner Alzheimer's Institute, AZ: SF Department of Aging and Adult Services, CA; Songwriting Works, WA; Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter; Alzheimer's Foundation of America, NY; Mountain Projects, Inc., NC; Kairos Dance Theatre, MN; Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, IL: Southern Caregiver Resource Center, CA; and African American Alzheimer's and Wellness Association, OH.
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation invests in programs that promote education, tolerance, social services, healthcare and the arts. The Foundation builds on the ideals and pursuits of its founders, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert. In the area of Alzheimer's disease, the Rosaline and Arthur Gilbert Foundation focuses its grant-making on the advancement of research by junior investigators in the United States and Israel and investments in Alzheimer's disease caregiving.
Family Caregiver Alliance and its National Center on Caregiving offer local and national programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. A wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates, discussion groups, and the FCA website. Call (800) 445-8106 for more information. For consumer information, reporters may wish to refer to Family Caregiver Alliance's Alzheimer's Disease & Caregiving, andCaregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behavior.
Media Contact: Leah Eskenazi, (415) 434-3388, ext. 330 or email leskenazi (at)caregiver(dot)org.