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SEEKING NOMINATIONS—FAMILY CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Homewatch CareGivers is seeking community nominations for its annual Family Caregiver of the Year” award program. In addition to dozens of local awards, nominees have the opportunity to win a $5,000 grand prize for the national award.

The National Family Caregiver of the Year Award nomination entries will be judged based on the magnitude of care and support provided to an individual, personal obstacles that were overcome in order to provide this care, health care industry obstacles faced on behalf of the individual receiving care, and the impact this care has ultimately had on the individual.

A third-party must submit each nomination, and it’s recommended that the nominator include a nomination letter of 500 words or less with the application. Homewatch CareGivers must be able to verify the individual for which the nominee provided care, and the nominee’s care must have been provided within the 12 months prior to July 26, 2010.

Nominations will be accepted through July 31 by clicking here. A panel including experts from AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and CareScout/Genworth Financial, and more, will judge submissions.

Local winners will be announced September 1, 2010. The national winner will be announced October 25, 2010. All winning nominations should be prepared for possible interviews and media appearances.

To fill out a nomination application for someone in your community click here, or call 800-777-9770 and ask for the Homewatch CareGivers office in your geographic area.

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I received this email from the LBDA:

A Week to Remember

Dear Friend,
Awareness is our beacon. It’s how Lewy Body Dementia will come out of the shadows and into the public eye.

  • Awareness for the spouse whose “happily ever after” has been stolen away by LBD.
  • Awareness for the primary care doctor whose patient would benefit from referral to a specialist for a specific diagnosis.
  • Awareness for the caregiver that she is not alone.

Although we remain committed to increasing awareness about LBD 365 days a year, October 10-16 will truly be A Week To Remember, as the LBDA Family comes together to raise awareness and support across the country.
We invite you to join us and countless others who will be participating in grassroots efforts like these, to name just a few:

Watch for more information on our website, and in e-mails like this one, in the weeks and months to come. To learn more about how you can stand strong with the 1.3 million families affected by Lewy body dementia, please contact us at awareness@lbda.org. We hope you will join us in making this A Week To Remember.

Remember, it all begins with Awareness.

Sincerely,
Angela Herron
President, LBDA Board of Directors
Together, we are Increasing Knowledge, Sharing Experience, Building Hope.

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I was contacted about this upcoming Caregiving conference. If anyone is interested, click here or see below for further information:


The Family Support Center of New Jersey is pleased to announce the 2010 National Caregivers Conference. Our conference will concentrate on the critical importance of caregivers and the advances technology is having on caregiving. We are coordinating a conference that will direct caregivers towards information on easily accessible, cost effective supports to all populations, regardless of age or disability. Knowledge of available resources can help to alleviate the stress associated with caregiving, sustain families and marriages, improve caregivers’ health and well being, reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and minimize or delay the need for more costly out-of-home placement. The conference will also serve as a networking session for caregivers to gain social supports and help them realize that they are not alone.



SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ
Join us for a fantastic day filled with informational exhibits, educational workshops, networking opportunities, dynamic speakers, raffles and much more!

This year’s 2010 National Caregivers Conference keynote speaker is John Crowley. He will speak on his life changing decision to quit his job as a leading pharma exec and form a company dedicated to finding a cure for the life-threatening illness faced by two of his children. Mr. Crowley is involved with several charitable and community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of St. Peter’s University Health Care System. Mr. Crowley’s involvement with biotechnology stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his children with Pompe’s disease a fatal neuromuscular disorder. Mr. Crowley and his family have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, CNBC and The Paula Zahn Show on CNN.

In 2006, Geeta Anand, Pulitzer prize winning writer for The Wall Street Journal, authored a book on Mr. Crowley entitled “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million-and Bucked the Medical Establishment-in a Quest to Save His Children.” (www.thecurebook.com). His story was further chronicled on the big screen in the 2009 film “Extraordinary Measures” staring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell.

Here’s a list of the workshops. Click here.

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