2017 Year End Campaign


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Dear Friends of CaringKind,

As we approach our third year with our new name, CaringKind, we are proud of what our donors have helped us accomplish, sustaining our role as an independent not-for-profit with the responsibility of improving the lives of individuals and families affected by an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. We continue to deliver support, information, and resources, all free of charge, so that caregivers can provide the best dementia care while maintaining their own quality of life.

While every caregiving experience is unique, common threads are feelings of isolation, loneliness, and helplessness. Research has shown that the personalized services that CaringKind has perfected over more than thirty years can alleviate these feelings and improve caregivers’ health. Our licensed social workers, our support groups, and our educators and trainers understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but that, with the support we provide, we can make a meaningful improvement in the caregiver’s journey.

CaringKind has been called the “bright spot” in the caregiving experience by our clients because we understand that each caregiver finds comfort and hope in their own way. A husband caring for his wife finds solace in knowing that he can reach a caring, knowledgeable professional at any time by calling our 24-hour Helpline or scheduling an appointment with a social worker expertly trained in dementia care. An adult daughter caring for her father now feels empowered by learning new techniques for challenging behaviors at a Family Caregiver Workshop and obtaining crucial information on legal and financial planning at our education seminars. Many draw strength from deep bonds made in one of our ninety support groups. Thousands sleep better at night knowing a family member is enrolled in the MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program.

Our clients confirm that CaringKind’s services have a positive impact on their well-being. They know that CaringKind is a safe place, where they can share their experiences with experts in dementia care and other caregivers without being judged. As one client says, “CaringKind makes me feel less alone.”

As the only organization in NYC with over thirty years of experience providing a comprehensive system of support for families throughout every stage of the disease, every dollar raised ensures that we can continue to offer these life-saving programs and services at no cost to those who need them most.

We are proud to share with you the highlights of the year, made possible by your generosity:

  • Our 24-hour Helpline responded to nearly 9,000 calls from family caregivers, persons with the disease, professionals in the field, and the “worried well.”

  • Our Social Work Services provided over 4,600 in-depth, personalized consultations.

  • We hosted our first annual Technology Fair, which introduced hundreds of family and professional caregivers to the latest products and applications designed to help them manage their daily care, improve communication, and ease social isolation.

  • Our Wanderer’s Safety Program has over 29,000 New Yorkers enrolled and maintains a strong relationship with the NYPD, ensuring that persons with dementia who wander will be safely found and reunited with their families.

  • With the Center for Hearing and Communication, we co-sponsored a sold-out conference for audiologists on best practices for managing the needs of patients with hearing loss and dementia.

  • Our Dementia Care Training for Professional Caregivers trained over 360 home care workers to become specialized in dementia care, and we connected trained aides with families through our web-based job matching tool Together We Care®.

  • Our palliative care initiative provided education on dementia-capable palliative care to over 550 health care providers across the country.

  • Our diversity outreach teams expanded their reach in all five boroughs to bring public awareness and access to our culturally competent programs for the Latino, African-American, Chinese, and Orthodox Jewish communities.

  • Our connect2culture® program, which advises New York City’s cultural institutions on how to enrich the experience for individuals with dementia and their care partners, continues its work with Lincoln Center and is developing a curriculum for botanical gardens.

  • Our public policy activities are creating new alliances to support caregiver initiatives as well as federal funding for research.

Last year, the community showed their appreciation for our work with generous contributions, both large and small, to support our Year-End Campaign. This year, we ask you to do the same and, if possible, more to help us reach our one million dollar goal. As more families are affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, the need for our programs will increase. It is only with your support that we can grow to meet this need.

Whether you have been personally helped by CaringKind or know someone who has, today we need you more than ever. With your tax-deductible contribution, we can ensure that no one has to face the challenging journey of dementia care alone.

On behalf of the clients we serve, we wish you a peaceful and productive new year. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lou-Ellen Barkan
President & CEO



Jed A. Levine
Executive Vice President
Director of Programs & Services

 

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