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.


A Week To Remember

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.

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

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.

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.

Catching Up

Its been a while since I’ve posted regularly. Life has been busy with the addition of a little one. Our baby girl is doing so well, gaining weight and amazing us every day. She’s just the love of all of our lives and brings us so much joy. Dad does well with her and I truly think having a baby around has done wonders for him. I love watching him with her.

Dad is doing pretty well these days. He still has daily hallucinations but they’re not as terrifying- mostly annoying to him. He’s often chasing them out of the house or yelling at them. Despite his daily visitors throughout the day and his usual Lewy quirks and ticks, Dad is much better these days. We don’t know how long his “good” streak will last but it’s nice to see Dad back in action. He is certainly more active and wants to stay busy. These days, he’s getting up early, showered and dressed so he can go out. He’s all about going out every day. He often gets on Mom’s case that she’s not getting dressed quickly enough. He always wants to go out for lunch or dinner and run errands. If Mom needs a day to stay at home to do bills and paperwork, Dad gets a little miffed. He expects to go out every day. When I’m there, I take him out as much as I can.

Right now, my Husband, daughter and I are in Australia for a little while. Mom seems to be doing okay on her own with Dad. Her brother is there visiting for a few weeks so that’s great she has some company. My sister will be heading home shortly, too, for the summer and then we’ll be back there in a bit.

I’ll try to update more regularly now that things are settling down.

Happy Father’s Day

Dad, thank you for being an inspiration to me. When a girl is raised by an amazing man, she is destined for success in her personal and professional life. I love you, Daddy!

Happy Birthday, Grampy!

A few weeks ago, it just so happened that Dad’s 76th birthday fell on Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful day together celebrating both occasions.

Dad has been doing pretty well and his birthday was no exception. I’m very thankful we were able to have a nice day and we enjoyed making more memories together.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Easter Day

I realize Easter was about three weeks ago but I still want to post a few pictures from the day. Here’s Grandpa, Grandma and Baby.

We had a lovely day relaxing at home and enjoyed a delicious home cooked family dinner together. I hope everyone’s Easter/Passover was just as nice.

Dad has been doing well and I’ll write a separate post about that later. He’s enjoying his granddaughter and he really seems to do a lot better with her around. Dad likes singing to Baby while rocking her in his recliner. He’s always commenting on what a beautiful baby she is. I just love it. I’m so glad Dad is able to love Baby, remember Baby and enjoy her. Their time together, I will always cherish. I only wish he didn’t have this disease and Baby could grow up knowing my real Dad for a long time, not Lewy Dad.