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LeadingAge and Integrace Announce Recipients of 2015 Great Minds Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 24, 2015Contact: Amanda Marr, or 202-508-1219Caregivers Recognized for Improving Lives of People with Alzheimer’s DiseaseWashington -- Presbyterian SeniorCare, Sylvia Allen, and Jennifer Tu have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Great Minds Awards, which honor exceptional leadership in the quest to improve the lives of those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The awards will be bestowed at the 2nd annual Great Minds Gala, presented by LeadingAge and Integrace on March 16, 2015, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Excellence in Dementia Care AwardThe Excellence in Dementia Care Award recognizes an organization for creating programs or services that are models of excellence and contribute significantly to the quality of life of individuals with dementia.This year’s recipient is Presbyterian SeniorCare, a nonprofit provider of aging services that developed a residential Alzheimer’s community aimed at promoting self-care through non-invasive technology. Family Caregiver AwardThe Family Caregiver Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and abilities in one-on-one caregiving for a friend or family member living with dementia.With so many amazing nominees, this year the awards committee selected 2 Family Caregiver Award winners:Sylvia Allen is a resident of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab who chose to support, comfort, and befriend advanced dementia residents by living on the memory care floor.Jennifer Tu is the coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Buddies program at Harvard University, where she is studying neurobiology. The program pairs undergraduate students with Alzheimer’s disease patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston for one-on-one weekly visits. “LeadingAge is humbled by the incredible work that is being done across the country to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias," said Larry Minnix, LeadingAge president and CEO. "On March 15, we will have the opportunity to raise our glasses in honor of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Sylvia Allen, and Jennifer Tu for their dedication and selfless contributions.” The Great Minds Gala boasts a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and a program hosted by radio journalist Diane Rehm. In addition to the Excellence in Caregiving Award and the Family Caregiver Award presentations, Dear Abby, also known as Jeanne Phillips, will be honored with the Proxmire Award.Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased online at About LeadingAgeThe mission of LeadingAge is to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Our membership touches 4 million lives every day and includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners. LeadingAge is also a part of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy, and applied research. About IntegraceIntegrace, headquartered in Carroll County, Maryland is a forward thinking not-for-profit company of dynamic retirement communities, including Fairhaven, Buckingham’s Choice and Bayleigh Chase (formerly William Hill Manor). Each community offers a vibrant lifestyle that includes health and wellness programming such as yoga, rehabilitative care, personal trainers and on-site wellness centers. Integrace is also a nationally recognized leader in dementia care and programming. Copper Ridge, the Copper Ridge Institute and Bayleigh Chase (formerly William Hill Manor) are all catalysts to a profound shift in how individuals live with, and relate to, those living with dementia.###  

LeadingAge Supports Transparency, But Still Finds Flaws in the CMS 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System

LeadingAge Supports Transparency, But Still Finds Flaws in the CMS 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System

Larry Minnix to Retire in 2015

LeadingAge today announced the upcoming retirement of its longtime president and CEO, Larry Minnix, and its upcoming search effort for a new chief executive officer.

Vinson Hall Retirement Community Opens 2 New Buildings

The Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation and Vinson Hall Retirement Community, a LeadingAge member in McLean, VA, cut the ribbon on 2 new buildings on January 22, an independent living apartment and a community building.

New York Gives Jewish Home Lifecare over $500,000 for Programs that Help Seniors Age in Place

Jewish Home Lifecare, a LeadingAge member, has received over $500,000 in grants from New York State Department of Health’s Balancing Incentive Program Innovation Fund for programs that help older New Yorkers age in place.