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The National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Foundation Honor Innovators Making a Difference in the Lives of Caregivers
Date:7/21/2009

ention awards:

  • MemoryCare of Asheville, NC for an integrated program that provides caregivers with a fuller understanding and greater capability to manage their loved one's dementia.
  • Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) of New York, NY for AFA Teens, an Alzheimer's disease online resource offering direct interaction with teens living in families affected by Alzheimer's disease.
  • The Kennedy Center of Trumbull, CT for Caring for the Caregiver, a support program where the "caregiver" identified as the adult child of a family member over the age of 60 with cognitive disabilities.

"Family members provide much of the day-to-day care needed by older adults," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We hope other non-profits will be inspired by these programs, and incorporate some of these best practices into support and education programs provided to caregivers."

Non-profit organizations from around the country competed for the National Family Caregiving Awards in the categories of caregiver support and education, either as a small or large community. In addition, one award was given to an organization meeting the needs of caregivers caring for adult children with disabilities. Applicants were judged by a panel of caregiving experts and awarded $25,000 to continue their support for caregivers.

Family caregiving is the underpinning of the country's healthcare system, with a value to society estimated at $306 billion per year -- more than the value of home care and nursing care combined. At least 44.4 million adults provide care, with an estimated 80 percent of all ca
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