FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2006
Contact: Bonnie Lawrence
blawrence (at) caregiver.org
Family Caregiver Alliance Wins National Award
for Use of Technology
Family Caregiver Alliance was named a winner in the 2006 Family Caregiving Awards competition sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving, with support from MetLife Foundation. The awards recognized outstanding community agencies that support family caregivers providing assistance to older adults. Each of the winning organizations received prize money of $25,000.
Family Caregiver Alliance was recognized in the category of Technology for its innovative programs supporting caregivers. FCA uses a wide range of technology—from online support groups and “ask the expert” advice, to teleconference and video workshops, automated client records, and a comprehensive website containing an array of caregiver-friendly publications—in its efforts to respond to the complex, multifaceted needs of family caregivers.
“We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts in using technology to help caregivers,” said Kathleen Kelly, FCA’s Executive Director. “Being located near the heart of Silicon Valley inspires us to look at all the options available to offer support to the thousands of families we serve. More than a decade ago FCA was one of the first social service agencies to be on the Internet and to explore ways technology could be utilized as part of our service component for family caregivers. It has proven to be an invaluable part of our program.”
Six organizations were cited for the national Family Caregiving Awards, which included categories for caregiver support, caregiver education, and technology. This year's award winners also included: Eldercare Partners in West St. Paul, Minnesota; Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. in Big Stone Gap, Virginia; The University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison, Wisconsin; The Stroke of Hope Club, Inc. in North Palm Beach, Florida; The Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties based in Los Angeles, California. Two programs were also given honorable mention awards: the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, located in Columbia, Missouri, and Area Agency on Aging 1-B, in Southfield, Michigan.
Family Caregiver Alliance will celebrate is 30th Anniversary in 2007, and offers programs at local, state and national levels to sustain and support the important work of family caregivers. For more information, visit www.caregiver.org.
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