In Memory of Elinor Gipel, 1936-2020 | Issue 1 2021

By Stephanie Aragon Vice President of Caregiving Services Elinor Gipfel’s beautiful smile and great laugh lit up the Helpline office whenever she volunteered. Elinor was a loyal supporter of CaringKind and enjoyed giving back to the community. A retired public school teacher, she was a proud and dignified woman and fiercely independent. Even when she had to use a cane when she traveled from Brooklyn to our Manhattan office, Elinor was here every Friday at 7:45 am, with a coffee, croissant, and newspaper in hand. A lifelong musician, she would come to the office with her flute, practicing after [...]

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We Helped Find a Missing Person | Issue 1 2021

CaringKind Helped Find a Missing PersonA Person with Dementia Went Missing On a chilly Friday late afternoon in December, just a day after a nor-easter left the New York area, every caregiver’s worst nightmare happened: the person in their care went missing. A 75-year old Russian-speaking woman from Long Island wandered in Brooklyn. New York City issued a Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert, a system designed to alert the public of a missing vulnerable senior. CaringKind Took Action The woman was last seen in Brooklyn, so CaringKind’s Wanderer’s Safety Program team sprang into action. Staff posted [...]

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CaringKind Podcast Wins National Award | Issue 1 2021

You helped us innovate. And now we’ve been honored for it!Our podcast, Caregiver/Storyteller, has just won a national award! The storytelling podcast, created and hosted by our own Chris Doucette, was just named by the Family Caregiver Alliance as the winner of their 2020 Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award in the Creative Expression category. Not only does the award raise awareness of CaringKind, it also comes with a $20,000 prize. Fifty caregiving programs from around the country competed, and in February the CaringKind podcast was selected as the winner. We are thrilled to be recogn [...]

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Caregiver Champions | Issue 1 2021

My Caregiver Champion Story by Kyle Budinscak, founder of ComForCareWhen I decided to open ComForCare in New York City in 2015, we aimed to create a home care service built upon caregivers who are excited about engaging with their clients. If we could identify people with various professional backgrounds – artists, performers, graduate students, educators, semi-retired professionals, etc. – and match them with clients based on their shared interests or personality factors, then we might be able to make a real difference. Five years into our journey, we’ve served hundreds of older adults who ar [...]

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Diversity Conference | Issue 1 2021

On February 10th, CaringKind hosted a Diversity Conference to help fight systemic disparities in health care by addressing the needs of African American caregivers. A distinguished panel of speakersspoke to more than 200 participants. Our speakers included Dr. Karen Bell, Nick Buettner, Dan Gasby, and Pastor Dr. Lawrence Brown. With a cooking demonstration by Melba Wilson, and an exercise class by Coach Lisa Charles, the conference represents a commitment by CaringKind to support minority caregivers. The conference also reflects CaringKind’s continued efforts to include caregiver wellness as a [...]

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