From the Program Director | Winter 2017 Newsletter


Dear Readers,

As local options for Alzheimer’s care and support increase, we are proud that we remain New York City’s most trusted source of information, education, support and guidance that we have always been for over 30 years.

In December, we celebrated one year of returning to our roots as an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, incorporated in New York State, serving New Yorkers. We have deep roots in this city we love. Our program staff, including our 18 licensed social workers, are experts in the details of the city’s resources. Which day program is the best fit for a family calling from Park Slope? What is the best advice that can help expedite a Medicaid application? What are the most effective resources for diagnosis and treatment? For participating in a clinical trial? No matter how difficult the question or problem, CaringKind can make it easier to find a solution.

Our MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program is unique, due to our intimate relationship with the NYPD Missing Persons Unit and time-tested protocols that work. We send bulletins to hospital emergency departments, social work and security departments, and the media, with the family's permission. Equally important, we stand by the family’s side to provide comfort and support during the harrowing time when a relative with Alzheimer's is lost on the streets of New York City, confused and vulnerable.

Our programs are unique because they are integrated. We connect the families of missing persons to our social workers to establish a long-term care plan. We connect families with an interest in art, music, or dance to our partners at the Lincoln Center Moments program and
other cultural institutions. We connect clients calling our 24-hour Helpline to an array of programs, including over 90 support groups and numerous specialized trainings. We provide extraordinary programs for those with early stage dementia, unmatched by anything else in New York City.

I am proud to say that, thanks to the generosity of our donors, all of our services remain free of charge. And now that 100 percent of your donation stays in New York City, we can do much more for the many New Yorkers who need our help. Know your charity!

We are proud of our new name, CaringKind, and what that name broadcasts to the world. We are New York City’s premier expert in dementia caregiving. We are a place where you can tell your unique story, get the support you need, and get a head start accessing the local resources you need to survive the difficult burden of caregiving. You don’t need to take this journey alone. Call us at 646-744-2900 at any time of the day or night and we will be there: a hand to hold, an exhale of relief and a bright spot in what can feel like the darkest of times.

Sincerely,

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