AFA is proud to provide its annual Brodsky Innovation Grant to a deserving AFA nonprofit member organization.
2015 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Caring Days Adult Day Care, Tuscaloosa, AL
Program: The 2015 Brodsky grant has been awarded to Caring Days Adult Day Care for their “Enhancing Life Through the Senses” program. This innovative program enhances contact with later stage Alzheimer’s patients, who are generally unable to communicate and suffer from isolation. This sensory program is contained in a room enhanced to stimulate and yet soothe Alzheimer’s patients. Some of the features include massage equipment, aroma diffusers, fiber optics, an interactive panel and a vibrating music recliner. For those who in more reclined positions, there will be posters on the ceiling that will glow with a black light. Some of these innovations were originally designed for disabled children and have proved effective with other populations as well.
Caring Days Adult Day Care is a program developed by Caring Congregations, a group of 22 congregations of various denominations which work together to address unmet needs in the West Alabama area. They are currently working with the University of Alabama to develop a workshop to help other communities in the southeast develop programs in their own areas.
2014 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Alzheimer’s Respite & Resource DBA Memory Matters, Hilton Head Island, SC
Program: The Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative - A dementia-friendly community takes deliberate, coordinated, and ongoing action to enable people with memory loss to feel safe in their community; a place where there is increased awareness that dementia is a disease that touches the lives of many, and so requires community-based solutions. Memory Matters’ Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative is planning and implementing a pilot project which delivers a dementia-friendly community education and training model in our community and for replication in other communities.
2013 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Phoebe Ministries, Allenton, PA
Program: Create a comprehensive rehabilitation program that engages individuals with dementia in occupational, physical and speech therapies appropriate to their cognitive abilities, interests and needs, based on standardized cognitive assessment, “life review” information from family members, Montessori-based engagement methods and person-centered care planning – all best practices in dementia care.
2012 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Organization: CJE SeniorLife, Chicago
Program:Develop an app downloadable to a smart phone, tablet or home computer that will present themed, interactive modules featuring selected artwork from the Art Institute of Chicago and arts-related activities, such as drawing and sculpting, in order to serve as a “conversation piece” between caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, stimulate normalized interaction and encourage self-expression.
Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge, LA
Program: Distribute 40 “Recollection Collection Kits” to long-term care facilities in the greater Baton Rouge area to utilize with people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The kits include a guide to person-centered activities for residents, and a list of support groups and other community resources for family caregivers.
Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association, Columbia, MD
Program: Refine a pilot program in which dance/movement therapists and adult educators train caregivers in nonverbal communication techniques, and develop a manual and an instructional video to train dance therapists from across the country who will in turn teach the approach to caregivers of individuals with dementia.
2009 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., New York, NY
Program: Incorporate into its social model adult day programcognitively and physically stimulating activities designed to help people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses retain mental and physical perception. The activities utilize technology-based and non-technological resources, such as music therapy, computer learning, Nintendo Wii, and two cognitive exercise systems—Neurobics and the Dakim BrainFitness System.
2008 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: People Animals Love (PAL), Washington, D.C.
Program: Enable the organization to train more volunteers and increase its pet therapy visitation program to older adults by 30 percent in the Washington, D.C. area. PAL’s volunteer teams of certified dogs and their handlers visit retirement homes, nursing facilities, hospitals and other sites in order to provide pet therapy to sick, lonely and forgotten adults and children.
2007 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: Rampart Group, Inc. dba Senior Care of Brevard, Cocoa, FL
Program: Provide crisis intervention services to families and individual and group counseling to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as link these clients to appropriate information and resources, such as medical updates, financial and legal counsel, and home safety compliance, as the disease progresses.
2006 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: The Kennedy Center, Inc., Trumbull, CT
Program: Develop a short documentary that will provide education about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down syndrome, as well as highlight efforts involving research, advocacy and a holistic model of care that will maintain respect and dignity for these individuals.
2005 Brodsky Innovation Grant
Organization: The Eden Alternative, Sherburne, NY
Program: Develop “Eden at Home’s Core Concepts Training,” a program that will provide specific tools to improve quality of life in the home and community-care environment for individuals with dementia and their care partners, such as family, friends and volunteers. Eden at Home will extend Eden’s core philosophy that everyone has a gift to share regardless of physical or cognitive challenges.