Education | Winter 2017 Newsletter

### Education Today for a Better Tomorrow **By Marilucy Lopes, Manager of Education** According to estimates, there are over five million individuals in the U.S. over the age of 65 with Alzheimer’s disease. If no cure or treatment is found, that number will increase to approximately 14 million by 2050. Unfortunately, these frightening statistics represent more than numbers. Each number represents a person with the disease, perhaps your spouse or family member, a friend, or your coworker. So what can you do about it? While there is currently no prevention or cure for a type of dementia like A [...]

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Training | Winter 2017 Newsletter

### Why Donors Should Invest in Our Trainings **By Amy Torres, Director of Training** CaringKind recognizes that in the absence of a cure or effective treatment for the majority of dementia-related diseases, the most significant investment we can make is in the human resource. Although medical research has made strides in better understanding the myriad causes that precipitate dementia symptoms, the vast majority of seniors diagnosed with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease, which, for the moment, has no cure and a very slow progression. The goal of CaringKind’s Training program is to ensure th [...]

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connect2culture ® | Winter 2017 Newsletter

### Engaging People with Dementia at NYC's Cultural Institutions **By Meredith Wong, Manager of connect2culture®** In creating the connect2culture® program, CaringKind recognizes how invaluable arts and cultural programs are to helping people with dementia and their caregivers remain engaged with each other and with their environment. The program offers training to educators at cultural institutions who are interested in creating and leading multisensory gallery and art-making experiences for these populations. It also provides training for general museum staff to ensure a positive experience [...]

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Wanderer's Safety Program | Winter 2017 Newsletter

### What Makes the MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer's Safety Program Unique? **By Elizabeth Bravo Santiago, Director of Wanderer's Safety Program** Part of our mission statement is to create, deliver, and promote comprehensive and compassionate care and support services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Since there has been an increase in the number of persons in the baby boomer generation diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, there has also been an increase in the number of people who wander and become lost. Although some in [...]

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Palliative Care | Winter 2017 Newsletter

### A Big Step Forward **By Ann Wyatt, Manager of Palliative & Residential Care** As we have discussed in past issues, since 2012, CaringKind has been working with three New York City nursing homes (Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn and Isabella Geriatric Center and The New Jewish Home in Manhattan) to implement a model of palliative care developed by the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona, for people with dementia. This comfort-focused approach which Beatitudes developed is known as Comfort Matters®, and now includes an official designation process for those homes that meet its standa [...]

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