The non-profit organization formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter has now re-branded as CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving. What does Caring Kind do? According to their website, CaringKind provides free information, assistance and support for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Their mission 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, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. Their mission is achieved by providing programs and services for individuals with dementia, their family and professional caregivers; increasing public awareness; collaborating with research centers; and informing public policy through advocacy.
According to Lou-Ellen Barkan, President of CaringKind these are the reasons why this change happened: "In December, when we broke away from the National Alzheimer’s Association to return to our roots as an independent charity, we knew we would need a new name that exemplified the very core of who we were: an organization with more than three decades of experience developing and implementing innovative, creative and leading-edge caregiving initiatives. So, we stepped back and assessed what we did best. And what we do best – where we have always excelled – is understanding the needs of New York City caregivers and providing them with the support they need to care with confidence today and, just as important, to plan for tomorrow. We then asked ourselves, What kind of person does it take to be a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia? The answer was very clear. It takes a special kind of person to rise to the challenge. It takes the courageous kind. The listening kind. The loving kind. It takes the caring kind. As soon as we said this, we knew we had it. Choosing a meaningful name for our organization – one that would resonate with New York’s dementia caregiving community, "CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving."
Because of the amount of visitors from New York visiting Palm Beach County this time of the year, I believe posting this information is helpful. As a former New Yorker myself, I wasn't even aware of this change. I thank Bob DeMarco of The Alzheimer's Reading Room, for sharing this piece of information on his blog today. For more information, here's a link to his site: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2016/03/caringkind.html
Posted: 3rd of March, 2016 by Olga Brunner
Labels: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's caregiver, CaringKind, dementia care, family, health, New York, Senior care
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