Thursday, May 26, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
SAGE is Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders.
Elderly people face the risk of social isolation. Unfortunately, LGBTQ + older adults face it even more! They are twice as likely to be single, and 3 to 4 times less likely to have children. They often do not have families who care for them. They are lonely, and if they are living with Alzheimer's disease, it is very scary to not have family caring for you.
We want to reach communities with LGBT older adults living with Alzheimer's disease.
Currently we plan to donate therapeutic Alzheimer's puzzles to SAGE Centers in NYC.
We need volunteers to deliver puzzles and participate in PUZZLE TIME for the following communities:
Edie Windsor SAGE Center
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
SAGE Center Harlem
220 West 143rd Street
New York, NY 10030
SAGE Center Bronx at Crotona Pride House
1784 Prospect Ave
Bronx, NY 10457
We are coordinating the logistics of PUZZLE TIME, and volunteers would need to show proof of vaccination and boosters, and wear masks at all times.
To deliver puzzles only masks are required.
We are delivering 400 puzzles to underserved SAGE communities on JUNE 4TH. Come join us!
Students will earn community service hours and we will have a few fun goodies in store!
Please email us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com to volunteer!
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
I have gone in the past to Washington DC to speak to my representatives about the bipartisan bill that would provide the tools to accurately detect Alzheimer's in its earliest stages, accelerate progress towards prevention strategies, early diagnosis, disease-modifying treatments, and hopefully a cure!
Congress needs to hear from ALL of us.
PLEASE send your message to your Senator and Representative and let us continue to push for the passage of this critical bill.
Please click the link to email your representatives. I suggest that you write about your story to make it more personal. But you do not have to do that. There is a template to use.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
So grateful to Sandra an extraordinary Girl Scout troop leader (Troop 1995 - Commack, NY) for all of her hard work helping to coordinate a huge PUZZLE TIME event! Now that the summer is approaching we will have LOTS of outdoor PUZZLE TIME! (It helps with COVID-1i safety precautions and it is fun). Who does not like to solve puzzles outdoors in the fresh air? Stay tuned for. updates! ￼#rileyswayfoundation #multiplyinggood #kidcaregivers #springbok #ceacopuzzles #puzzlestoremember #ENDALZ #puzzlestime #girlscoutsofamerica
Monday, May 16, 2022
Taking her own family’s experience with Alzheimer’s and turning it into an opportunity to support others in similar circumstances, Hailey started Kid Caregivers, an organization that supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. She partners with Puzzles To Remember, an organization that provides puzzles to facilitate care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
“I want all kids to know that, don't think just because you're a kid that you can't make a difference”
We celebrate her for empowering kids and adults alike to act with compassion and creating a #kindertomorrow!
Check out the Kid Caregivers website to learn more:
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2022 CALL FOR KINDNESS FELLOWS (including me :-) )
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Ms Le Bey has been recognized as the #1 online influencer for Alzheimer's!
I will be a guest on Lori Le Bey's Alzheimer's Speaks Radio show on Monday, June 7th at 2 PM. I am so honored and excited to be on her show! Please tune in if you have a chance!
Who wants to wear a crown for being a puzzle champion?
"PUZZLE MANIA" is a jigsaw puzzle competition to raise funds for PuzzlesToRemember and KidCaregivers
The jigsaw puzzle competition will have teams of up to 4 persons each. Teams will sit with the same 500-piece puzzle and compete to finish the puzzle first. The winning team will be honored with a trophy. Second and third place teams will be acknowledged and rewarded as well.
Teams could be solo, two people or four people.
The fee to participate will be $25 per person or $100 per team. Organizations and businesses are welcome to sponsor teams if they wish.
This event is fun and light hearted. It will be family-friendly, and children ages 10 are older will be welcomed as team members.
The Event will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
We are looking for 25 people to act as table hosts and recruit their own four-person teams from friends, neighbors or family members!
Ticket prices will be tax-deductible.
*If you would like to participate but do not have time to recruit your own team or seek one out, let us know and we will do our best to find a table for you.
Date is TBD. It will take place in June or September at Plainview Old Bethpage High School.
If you would like to host a PUZZLE MANIA event in your neighborhood, please email us. We can help you! It is lots of fun!
Email Hailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Last Generation: A Dialogue on Intergenerational Caregiving and Advocacy Alzheimer's Disparities Forum
Since the age of 10, (I am now 15) my volunteers and I have been working hard to close the gap in resources for marginalized persons living with Alzheimer's disease. Youth members who have to act as caregivers to family members with Alzheimer's disease fall into that group. I had 2 missions when starting Kid Caregivers: to provide support to caregiving youth, and to provide activities to help benefit the Alzheimer's community. I learned a lot about caregiving for family members. PUZZLE TIME helps both the young people (many of whom are caregivers themselves, and the elders who solve them). Here is a video where I am addressing an audience at the NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S SUMMIT. (I appear at 31:00 in the video). However the entire video is worth watching.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
My grandparents had a family friend who was gay. "Jack" was the sweetest man. He was from France, and was an artist and dancer. He painted a beautiful painting of a famous bridge in a park for my grandparents. He always had fun stories and had the best accent!
Unfortunately, when he began to forget things, it was very scary. Jack did not have children. His nieces and nephews were in France. He did not live near us. When he developed Alzheimer's, he was placed into a nursing home. He was very lonely. He lived far away from us, but we visited him occasionally.
I would like our PUZZLE TIME program to reach marginalized elderly persons living with Alzheimer's disease. who are from LGBT communities. They often do not have family members and companionship. Jack had my family and we tried our best to be there for him.
We are now shipping Alzheimer's puzzles to SAGE communities, and will be recruiting student volunteers and Girl Scouts to participate in PUZZLE TIME. Our hope is to provide companionship and stimulating activities for the LGBT Alzheimer's communities.
SAGE stands for Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders. To read more about the organization click here
I am extremely excited that Konnekt Global a youth driven nonprofit organization have delivered jigsaw puzzles to underserved diverse Alzheimer's facilities in the state of New Jersey. We are now working to set up several PUZZLE TIME programs in those facilities.
Vansh Zota has helped distribute the puzzles and will be organizing PUZZLE TIME in Northern New Jersey (Hudson/Bergen Counties). THANK YOU VERY MUCH Vansh and KONNEKT GLOBAL for helping us!
If you have a loved one in a facility in NJ and would like the PUZZLE TIME program please reach out to us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com.
If you would like to volunteer please reach out to us.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Monday, May 9, 2022
Grandma LOVED tea, and I like iced tea a lot. There is a study in Translational Psychiatry , which shows the benefit of drinking tea. The amount of tea consumed a day was between 1- 6 cups. Just thought I would share some positive news for the day!
Sunday, May 8, 2022
I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day. This holiday is not an easy one for everybody. It is a bittersweet time for some of us.
My advice for the holiday is to not think about what "could have been". Instead think about NOW, and the present.
On Mother's Day, I would bring flowers for all of the residents at grandma's facility! It did not matter if they had children or not. On Mother's Day "everyone" celebrated. Kindness is never wrong!
If your family member does not realize it is Mother's Day, it is ok. Tell them that you love them, and are spending time together.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
It is with great joy that I share the amazing news that our organization has been selected as a Riley's Way Foundation 2022 Call For Kindness Fellow.
I have some wonderful ideas about our grant and increasing our reach for PUZZLE TIME and Kid Caregivers. Thank you very very much Riley's Way Foundation for such an honor!
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
We mentioned Jake before...He is the amazing Ambassador who spearheaded the extremely generous puzzle donation from BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION.
He did something even more extraordinary. He purchased specialized Springbok Alzheimer's puzzles with his OWN allowance money to be distributed for Global Youth Service Day. You read correctly folks, his <b>own</b> money. He could have used his money to buy cool things like XBOX games or sneakers, etc. Instead, he chose to help diverse people living with Alzheimer's disease.
We cannot thank you enough, Jake! We are so lucky and grateful to have you!
Vianna collected almost 100 puzzles for Global Youth Service Day. She is now busy recruiting multiple students for PUZZLE TIME. She is looking for volunteers in Easton and Deeham, MA but is also able to assist in different locations.
Please reach out to us at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com or fill out our form!
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Starting Friday, April 29th until May 1st we had student volunteers and Girl Scouts distributing over 1000 jigsaw puzzles to memory care facilities and nursing homes. The residents ant the Alzheimer's facilities were overjoyed! In addition, the student volunteers will be participating in PUZZLE TIME! This would not have been possible without the benefit of HERSHEY CORP for their HEARTWARMING HERO Grant, Youth Service America, Springbok Puzzles, CEACO Puzzles, THREDUP, NERVOUS SYSTEM puzzles, Relish puzzles which shipped from the UK! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!
We had volunteers from multiple states and Canada taking part in the event. We also had volunteers from other nonprofits such as Mulitplying Good's Students In Action Konnekt Global Support helping us! Here are some pictures!
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Wow! What a turnout! We had volunteers in multiple states and countries handing out puzzles to students and scouts to deliver to facilities to benefit Alzheimer's communities. We are also organizing PUZZLE TIME at the facilities.
So far we distributed over 990 puzzles. We have volunteers in multiple states and in Canada participating! Tomorrow there will be even more volunteers delivering puzzles and organizing PUZZLE TIME. Stay tuned for the final amount of puzzles distributed!
Thank you so much #Hershey #YSA #GYSD2022 #kidcaregivers #multiplyinggood #SIA #puzzlestoremember #kidcaregivers #relish #thredup #springbok #ceaco
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Getting grandma to take a bath was very very hard. Even when we had an aide to assist us. Grandma would still argue and refuse to cooperate.
TEN TIPS for showering. (I learned about them from experience and research!)
1. Make sure the bathroom is warm. Grandma hated being cold. As people get older, they feel colder. (heated towels, a small ceramic heater, increasing the thermostat) can help.
2. Get into a routine. Do not ask IF they want to take a bath. Instead, TELL THEM that it is time to take a bath. (Try to do it at the same time every day).
3. Bathe starting top to bottom, as soon as you finish the loved one's back cover with a towel.
4. Use a shower chair! It will help avoid falls, and makes it easier.
5. Use grab bars (you may need to install them, but they are worth it, and could hold towels)
6. A portable CD player or radio playing their favorite music is a great relaxer.
7. Use a handheld shower head on a GENTLE setting. A strong spray could be painful to tender skin- only wet the area that you are washing. As soon as that part of the body is washed, dry your loved one off and cover them with a towel.
8. There are RINSE FREE Shampoo Caps that do not require water. They can be used sometimes. click here for a link for them on Amazon (I did not know about these products when grandma was alive but I would have loved them for her!)
9. There are also NO WATER Body Wash Cleansing Foam for Elderly Care Click here
10. Finish with body lotion in a fragrance that your loved one will enjoy!
It is important for family members and professional caregivers to know about the proper way to care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
I am so glad the Alzheimer's Association is creating in-person and virtual training sessions.
I am planning to attend virtually and will report back my findings!
Thank you so much thredUP for shipping us a HUGE box of beautiful puzzles for Puzzle distribution! (Love Van Gogh's Starry Night). They will be distributed to persons living with Alz for Global Youth Service Day! We gladly accept puzzle donations from companies! All donations receive a tax deduction letter, and the puzzles bring joy to the Alzheimer's communities! #kidcaregivers #GYSD22 #thredup #hersheyheartwarmingproject #hillshirefarm #multiplyinggood
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Scottish scientists created a pen that studies the movements in the hand. It could provide early detection of Alzheimer's disease.
The pen is called Manus Neurodynamica. If Alzheimer's disease is found earlier it allows doctors to create treatment plans earlier. This is very helpful because it gives persons living with Alzheimer's chances to have their abilities for a longer time. Also, screening for Alzheimer's by using a "neuromotor pen" is a easy method.
To read about the pen