SCS has won a national caregiving award for its Care NYC program. Care NYC at SCS provides support to Queens-based caregivers who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award is presented by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., and Family Caregiver Alliance.
“Six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. They are often cared for by family members who need support and respite to give their loved ones the best care they can,” said Judy Zangwill, Executive Director of SCS. “With services such as skills workshops and support groups, our Care NYC program aims to give caregivers the help they need. We’re so honored that our program was recognized with the Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award.”
The Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award is a national award that is presented each year to recognize three outstanding programs. Care NYC is this year’s only NYC-based winner; other winners include Seattle-based Elderwise and Chicago-based “Art Is…In.” Care NYC was recognized for its work in multicultural communities. As part of the award, each program receives a $20,000 grant.
Care NYC matches 1,400 caregivers annually to SCS staff members who provide a range of assistance and connect caregivers to other services. Care NYC services include education and caregiver skills workshops, peer support groups, long term care planning, and more. The program is targeted to honor differences in cultural, linguistic, family dynamics, and religious identities for caregivers.