FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2008
(415) 434-3388 ext. 312 or
Winners Announced for Caregiving Legacy Awards
Three Extraordinary Programs Awarded $20,000 Each in National Competition
SAN FRANCISCO—Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.
Awards of $20,000 each will be presented to three nonprofit organizations to recognize extraordinary programs that address the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers. The winning programs qualified in one of three categories: creative expression; diverse/multicultural communities; and policy and advocacy. The programs will be honored at a national conference on aging in March.
The Caregiving Legacy Awards program was established through a grant to FCA’s National Center on Caregiving. A distinguished panel of judges determined the award winners from a diverse group of applicants from all over the country. To see further details about the award winners go to: http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2262
Category: Creative Expression
Organization: CJE SeniorLife , Chicago, IL
Program: Culture Bus Inside and Out
Northwestern Hospital’s Cognitive Neurology Clinic and CJE partnered to create the Culture Bus program for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. For 40 weeks each year, Culture Bus Inside and Out offers participants visits to cultural venues including museums, a yoga center and artists’ studios, and expressive art activities such as poetry writing and oil painting.
In addition to activities designed to engage and stimulate those with dementia, the program offers family caregivers much needed respite. Caregivers provide input and participate in group gatherings at the beginning of each session and a hands-on creative arts activity at the end of each season.
CJE offers a range of services including health care and rehabilitation, housing and community based services (such as in home care, home delivered meals and more). Website: www.cje.net
Category: Diverse/Multicultural Communities
Organization: Chesed Project at Taos Jewish Center, Taos, NM
Program: Apoyos Para Los Cuidadores (Support for the Caregivers)
Apoyos Para Los Cuidadores offers support services to family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Program participants are residents of Taos County and neighboring villages including Taos Pueblo, and come from rural, low income and diverse communities. Apoyos provides the only caregiver support services available in this rural low-income area.
Apoyos offers caregiver education and support groups; ArtStreams, an interactive art discussion that takes place at local museums and galleries provides caregivers with social interaction, group support, mental stimulation and respite; and caregiver resources and referrals.
A nondenominational project of the Taos Jewish Center in collaboration with other local community-based agencies, the Chesed Project offers outreach, education, therapeutic and social activities to older adults from the rural, diverse communities of Taos Pueblo and neighboring villages. Website: http://www.taosjewishcenter.org/chesed.htm
Category: Policy & Advocacy
Organization: Labor Project for Working Families, Berkeley, CA
Program: California Work and Family Coalition
The California Work and Family Coalition is a network of more than 25 community and advocacy organizations. It strives to educate California’s working families about policies such as the Paid Family Leave law so that more family caregivers are able to utilize the program. The Coalition also works to mobilize the public and influence lawmakers to create and enhance legislation that supports California’s family caregivers in their ability to balance their work and caregiving responsibilities.
The Coalition promoted three bills in 2007 to expand California’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave (PFL) law; the bills will be reintroduced this year. Many of the Coalition’s efforts in 2006/2007 focused on expanding the law to more types of caregivers and informing caregivers, a vast number of whom are caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, about the law. Following the Coalition’s advocacy efforts, the state’s Employment Development Department in 2008 established the first ever staffed unit devoted to outreach and education about the Paid Family Leave program. In 2008, New Jersey passed a paid family leave law modeled after California's law. New Jersey also built a coalition around the issue and learned from California's experience how to successfully advocate for such a policy.
The Labor Project for Working Families is a national nonprofit advocacy and policy organization that partners and collaborates with community-based organizations and labor unions to improve public policies for working families. Particular focus is placed on low income working families. Website: www.working-families.org
About The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
The mission of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation is to invest 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 addition, The Foundation funds arts education and culture in Los Angeles, Jewish programs in Los Angeles, and universities in California. In the area of Alzheimer's disease, The Rosalinde 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. Visit http://www.thegilbertfoundation.org for more information.
About Family Caregiver Alliance
Established in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) supports and assists caregivers through information, education, services, research and advocacy. Serving a diverse constituency, FCA programs support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. The National Center on Caregiving, established at FCA in 2001, works to advance the development of high quality, cost- effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state of the country. Visit www.caregiver.org or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.
NOTE: FCA’s National Center on Caregiving will host a workshop March 19 to honor the award winners, and will also present a symposium on Policy, Politics and Family Caregiving March 18. These events will take place at the American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging national conference in Las Vegas. Press passes are available. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.agingconference.org/asav2/conf/jc/jc09/index2.cfm
E-mail to a Friend