Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is relentless, exhausting work. And yet, in the absence of an effective therapy or cure, effective care remains the best therapy.
That is why, for over thirty years, CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter) has focused on developing and delivering programs and services that ease the burden of a dementia caregiver, which benefits the caregiver – either family or professional, the person with the disease and their family.
CaringKind staff see people, not a disease. They understand that every caregiver’s experience is unique. And they help individuals and families find the best path that best meets their special needs. CaringKind’s education and training programs and social work services help ease the emotional, physical, psychological and financial burden of managing the disease, while treating each individual and family with dignity and compassion.
CaringKind programs include caregiver workshops, caregiver support groups, culturally sensitive outreach initiatives for the Latino, African American, Chinese, Russian, LGBT, and Orthodox Jewish communities, cultural arts programs, and training programs for medical professionals and home health aides. The state-of-the-art Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Stage Center provides a safe, supportive environment and specialized programs for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early-stage dementia. And thanks to CaringKind’s strong relationship with the NYPD, the MedicAlert NYC program provides resources to protect those who wander.
Providing quality care has never been more important. Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and over 500,000 New York City residents either have Alzheimer’s disease or are taking care of someone who does.
CaringKind is a community of people, not just a network of resources, with unparalleled and deep, local roots in the five boroughs. Over the past three decades, CaringKind has developed extraordinary long-term relationships with their community partners including medical centers, researchers, long-term care facilities, home health services, the clergy, government officials, and the philanthropic community, which enhance the already robust services it provides.
Most important, CaringKind is creating a world where the stigma of an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis no longer forces families to retreat, but helps them to reach out and ask for help. It’s never too early – or too late – to talk about Alzheimer’s support. No problem is too big or too small. If you find your husband’s keys in the freezer or your mom is dressed for winter in mid-July…trained staff can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call 646-744-2900 and, like so many others, you will be glad you made the call. Visit caringkindnyc.org for additional information.