Sunnyside Organization Wins National Caregiver Award

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Sunnyside Community Services (SCS), a community organization based in Queens, has won a national caregiving award for its Care NYC program. Care NYC at SCS provides support for Queens-based caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease 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 live with Alzheimer’s disease. They are often cared for by family members who need support and respite to provide their loved ones with the best possible care,” said Judy Zangwill, SCS Chief Executive Officer. “With services like skills workshops and support groups, our Care NYC program aims to give caregivers the help they need. We are very honored that our program received the Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award.

The Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award is a national award given annually to recognize three outstanding programs. Care NYC is the only New York-based winner this year; Other winners include Seattle-based Elderwise and Chicago-based Art Is…In. Care NYC has been recognized for its work in multicultural communities. As part of the award, each program receives a grant of $20,000.

Each year, Care NYC connects 1,400 caregivers with SCS staff members who provide a range of assistance and connect caregivers to other services. Care NYC services include caregiver education and skills workshops, peer support groups, long-term care planning, and more. The program aims to honor the cultural, linguistic, family dynamics and religious identities of caregivers.

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) is a nonprofit, community-based organization centered on the belief that every person deserves meaningful support to achieve their aspirations, especially families and individuals in difficulty. SCS serves a diverse community of more than 16,000 people of all ethnicities and income levels in Queens with programs ranging from kindergarten through college and career readiness, home care and home help training, Beacon and Cornerstone community centers for children and families, a vibrant seniors center and a full range of services for at-risk seniors, including adult social day care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and a city-wide support services program for those who care for them. With programs designed to enrich lives and strengthen communities through service and engagement for people of all ages, beginning with those most in need, SCS has illuminated lives with programs as diverse as the people they serve since 1974. For more information, visit www.scsny.org or email [email protected]

Care NYC is supported (in part) by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department for the Aging. Services are available in all five boroughs, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Queens Community Hospital and Corsi Senior Center in Union Settlement. For more information on Care NYC, visit www.scsny.org/care-nyc.

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