Please congratulate the I’m Still Here 2023-2024 Grant winners.Joy’s House – Indianapolis, IN – “Want to Clay?” Marion Council on Aging – Marion, MA – “Marion Waterfront Memory Café Community Excursions”** Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living – Vineyard Haven, MA – “I’m Still Here Foster Pet Home” Ohio Living Foundation – Westerville, OH – “Therapeutic Drumming for Dementia” Silverbright Circle – New Rochelle, NY – “Libro de Arte Para Nosotros/ Art Book for Us” University of Washington Medicine's Memory and Brain Wellness Center – Seattle, WA – "S.O.A.R. (Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience)” Hikes Windrush Farms – North Andover, MA – “Field Trips to Windrush Farms”** **A working title. Check back in September for more details about these award-winning innovative programs.
THE I’M STILL HERE FOUNDATION WINS $25,000 FROM MAUDE’S AWARDSMAUDE’S AWARDS RECOGNIZES INNOVATION IN ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CARESEATTLE, WA – The 3RD Annual Maude’s Award recipients were announced on September 16th. Three organizations received $25,000 each and five individuals received $5,000 each. Maude’s Awards was created to enrich the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners. It provides monetary awards to organizations and individuals for innovations excelling in one of the categories of care found here: The Awards – Maude's Awards (maudesawards.org)The I’m Still Here Foundation (ISH) redefines what it means to live with dementia, replacing the predominant “despair” narrative with one of “hope.” The I’m Still Here principles promote dignity, engagement, community, and education and underscore the value of a nonpharmacological approach to dementia care. ISH launched its Innovation Program in 2018 to provide seed funding for organizations to develop innovative engagement programs for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Innovation Programs show how persons living with dementia are still loved, still engaged, and still included in family, life, and community. The founder of I’m Still Here, John Zeisel, is an internationally known expert in designing dementia-friendly spaces and in dementia care. By educating individuals and communities, the ISH approach reduces the stigma so often associated with dementia.Maude’s Awards was created in 2019 by Richard Ferry (Co-Founder of Korn-Ferry International) in honor of his beloved wife of 65 years. In 2013, Maude was diagnosed with dementia and Richard has continued their loving journey as a tireless advocate to discover and share innovations that speak to the challenges and needs of persons living with dementia and their care partners. Maude’s Awards are for achievement and demonstrated success, as opposed to grants for future programs. The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, MA, has been a major supporter and funder of the I’m Still Here Foundation having made two $100,000 grants since 2013.For more information, visit: https://maudesawards.org/2022-awardees/Recipients are:Organizations ($25,000)I’m Still Here Winchester, MAElderwise Seattle, WAJewish Family and Children’s Waltham MAService Memory Café PercolatorDementia Action AllianceCharlottesville, VA Individuals ($5,000)Dana Territo Baton Rouge, LABonnie Erickson Billings, MT Pam Nolte Seattle, WAHailey Richman Plainview, NYMary Crescenzo Topanga, CA