Deadline for Maude’s Awards approaching

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SEATTLE — Living amid the turmoil of COVID-19, we have all had to adapt to new social "norms." More than ever though, those who are living with Alzheimer's and their care partners have to be resourceful, innovative, and flexible – and that is a challenging task to keep loved ones safe and engaged.

Maude’s Awards is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners by gathering details of innovative practices to share with the wider dementia care community

Eight awards will be disbursed– three $25,000 awards to organizations and five $5,000 awards to individuals for innovations excelling in one of four categories of care (see below). As an individual, you don’t have to be a dementia care professional to qualify. We are interested in how family caregivers and persons with dementia are making life better for themselves and others.

Making Connections

Creating meaningful opportunities for persons living with dementia to connect with the people and world around them. Examples: Creative arts programs, intergenerational opportunities, community service, or advocacy projects.

Treating by Design

Significantly improving the living spaces and/or mobility of persons living with dementia. Examples include environment and impact on the quality of life, accessible transportation, and ease/safety of wheelchair transfer.

Cultivating Health

Providing exceptional care or education that supports the long-term physical health of persons living with dementia. Examples: exercise, nutrition, and diet, new or more accessible health protocols.

Supporting Care Partners

Providing education, training, or support for care partners of persons living with dementia. Examples: adaptive clothing or equipment, respite and/or emotional support, easy access to medical care and social services.

These are awards for achievement, as opposed to grants for future programs. The nominated program must have been active in 2019 or the year prior.

Maude’s Awards is a new program of the Richard and Maude Ferry Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners.

Maude’s Awards was created in 2019 by Richard Ferry (co-founder of Korn-Ferry Int’l) in honor of his beloved wife of 64 years. In 2013, Maude was diagnosed with dementia. Now as a loving care partner and tireless advocate, Richard continues their journey together by discovering and sharing innovations that speak to the challenges and needs of persons living with dementia and their care partners.

Maude’s Award submission deadline is May 31. Awards information and applications can be found here: https://maudesawards.org/the-awards/

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