AGING RELATED PROGRAM OF THE MONTH AWARD
Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Each month programsforelderly.comshines a little extra light on one aging related program which we feel deserves extra attention for its outstanding contribution in improving the lives of seniors. The Aging Related Program of the Month Award is selected to recognize and honor the hard work of one special program and it's organization. Programsforelderly.com researches and lists worldwide aging related programs that make a profound difference to the lives of seniors, caregivers, families, communities, organizations and professionals who interact with older adults.
Raging Grannies- Raging grannies is a group of social activists made up of older women who use playful energy, song, creativity and humor to protest and to increase awareness of issues related to social justice, environmental sustainability, women’s rights, and more. International.
Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging - A think tank which works to promote healthy, positive and purposeful aging through education, publications, policy initiatives and research. Across the USA.
Sages and Seekers- Older adults (sages) and students (seekers) take part in an eight-week intergenerational program allowing them to communicate one on one, engage in storytelling and connect on a deeper level. Los Angeles, California.
Resilient Communities Empowering Older Adults in Disasters - provides a plan for disaster response for older adults given their specific risk factors and to teach elderly how to deal with disasters. To assure the survival, comfort, and care of seniors during disasters and other prolonged disruptions to services. Across the USA.
British Transport Police Dementia Friendly Stations- The Dementia Friendly Station program educates police and transportation staff on how to recognize individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia who are using or would like to use public trains and how to offer help. Dementia friendly staff are able to recognize when and how those with dementia may need assistance if they become disorientated. United Kingdom.
Bring Home the Vote- a nationwide initiative empowering seniors who can't get to the polling stations to vote through absentee ballot, engage in the US election, get involved in issues affecting them and the country and America’s electoral process as a whole. Across the USA.
Music and Memory Program- A memory program providing ipods and related digital audio systems as a form of personalized music therapy. Elderly with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia can benefit from music in their own homes or at nursing facilities. The program has seen a reduction in use of anti-psychotic medications and increased engagement and socialization of participants. Across the USA..
Diverse Elders Coalition- Advocates for minority and LGBT seniors. Diverse elders works across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines to promote aging-related policies and programs. The goal is to provide a voice for the diverse challenges elders face and to promote a federal agenda to improve the health, economic security, dignity, and well-being of older adults.
Across the USA..
Dementia Diaries- People with Dementia are given mobile handsets which can be clicked at anytime to record their thoughts in the form an audio diary entry. Diary entries are then automatically uploaded to the internet and the Dementia Diaries website. To encourage discussion around the various experiences of dementia and to dispel the many dementia myths.
Help Age International Older People in Emergencies - Disaster preparedness, planning and recommendations for older adults. HelpAge International works to promote and provide appropriate, accessible assistance and services for older people in disaster, conflict and humanitarian crisis. The goal is to ensure that the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality and the rights of older people are upheld in a humanitarian crises.
Zekenim Senior Art Program - A unique senior art program in which senior participants share pivotal life experiences with young artists who then turn the story into an artistic piece in a medium of choice. The program honors the lives of elders, their experiences, and strengthens intergenerational connections and understanding. USC Davis School of Gerontology.
Los Angeles, California.
Suzuki Elders - Older adults volunteer with the David Suzuki Foundation, an environmental conservation and advocacy organization. The group works to raise awareness around environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability, oceans, freshwater, wildlife and habitat, and pollution. Older adults contribute their skills, talent and experience to save the environment and mentor youth. Canada.
Words of Wisdom Project - A video project sharing the wisdom and advice of seniors which so often is lost when not shared with younger generations. The project interviews seniors asking meaningful in-depth questions providing interesting and thoughtful responses. Across the USA.
Families for Better Care Nursing Home Report Card - A National Nursing Home Report Card which analyzes, compares, rates and ranks the quality of America's nursing homes state by state. The report is managed by Families for Better Care, an advocacy group dedicated to increasing public awareness of the conditions in American nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The goal is to empower families and seniors, to provide information on how to find quality nursing home care, and to encourage accountability in nursing homes that do not provide quality care. Across the USA.
Dementia Festival of Ideas - The Dementia Festival of Ideas is a year long full exploration of what Dementia means through Dementia classes, an ideas lab, participative events, a conference, surveys, online discussions and blogs. The festival aims to provide a support system for those with dementia and their caregivers and to generate new innovative ideas in dealing with dementia. United Kingdom.
DMV Senior Driver Ombudsman - The DMV Senior Driver Ombudsman acts as a go-between in resolving senior driver cases and issues. The Ombudsman also focus on promoting senior driver safety and increases awareness of mature driver issues. The DMV aims to keep senior drivers mobile for as long as possible, to provide a fair, non-judgmental place where senior drivers can express their unique issues and in return have trained staff provide support, and provide safety for all drivers. California, USA.
Mobility, Mood and Place - Mobility, Mood and Place is a research project exploring the idea of age friendly environments specifically the areas of co-designing environments with older adults, emotional responses to particular design, and the effect of physical design on the health and mobility of older adults.The aim is to design age-friendly environments which allow older adults to age in place in their homes and communities while living a high quality lifestyle.
The Age Gain Now Empathy System (AGNES) - AGNES is an aging simulation suit designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 's AgeLab. The suit is designed by researchers to mimic what it feels like to age. The goal is for students, product developers, designers, engineers, architects, those marketing to the senior market and others to increase awareness, sensitivity and better understand the physical challenges associated with aging.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Hearth Elder Homelessness Outreach Program - Staff canvas homeless shelters in Boston every week to identify and place homeless seniors in permanent, affordable housing.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Recognizing and Curtailing Senior Bullying Among Older Adults - Senior bullying prevention program that can be used for training staff and educating senior residents at retirement homes, nursing facilities and older adult centers. The aim to create awareness and to stand up to senior bullying. Available Online.
Parkour Dance Forever Young - Parkour Dance Forever Young is a senior fitness program combining parkour (obstacle course type movement by using only the human body and ones surroundings) along with dance and yoga. The program aims to provide older people with an innovative, fun form of exercise, self expression and socialization. Parkour Dance. London, England.UK.
Caring Across Generations - A national movement to transform caregiving, strengthen family and caregiving relationships and create connections across generations by using social action, social media and storytelling. The organization advocates for home care workers rights and to make long-term care services affordable and accessible. Across the USA.
North Hollywood (NoHo) Senior Arts Colony Residence Program - Senior housing community specializing in senior arts and senior theater. The goal of the facility is to provide seniors who are interested in the arts such directors, producers, playwrights, writers, poets, actors, painters or others who simply have an interest in the arts with a supportive, like-minded housing community. Older adults have the opportunity to engage in senior theater, senior art exploration and education. Los Angeles, California.
International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontology - The International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontology brings together Geriatricians, Gerontologists, Doctors, Professors, Social Workers, Palliative Care Specialists, Nurses, Health Care Administrators, Researchers and Students from around the world to discuss the latest research on aging related issues to discuss research, achievements and advancements in the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Organized by OMICS Group International. International.
Speaking Up For Our Age - Assists older people to create independent forums which encourage community involvement on social and political issues. Through forums older people aim to influence decision-makers on a national or local level. The program encourages seniors to speak up and express themselves about issues that effect them, fosters self-confidence and advocacy. Age UK. Across the United Kingdom.
Age UK The Big Chinwag Campaign to End Elderly Loneliness - Age UK's Chinwag Campaign asks citizens to arrange a get-together with friends, family or colleagues, and raise funds to help end loneliness among the elderly which can lead to elderly depression.
Age UK. Across the United Kingdom.
Great Decisions for Retirement Communities - Great Decisions brings together groups of older adults either formally or informally to participate in foreign policy discussions. The goal is to bring awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues and to encourage citizen involvement in foreign policy decisions. By the Foreign Policy Association, available across the USA.
Wellness Playgrounds for Elders - Innovative outdoor wellness playgrounds for seniors incorporating equipment for balance, muscle tone, cardiovascular activity, motor skills, and range of motion. The aim of the program is to design and build innovative playgrounds to meet the health and wellness needs of elders and to provide attractive and effective places to exercise, socialize, and play. United States.
Motion Picture & Television Retirement Community's Television Shavelson Media Room & Channel 22 Program - Senior residents at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's (MPTF) retirement community campus run their own television channel creating programming serving the Wasserman Retirement Campus community with education, information, and entertainment.
Los Angeles, California, USA.
ITN America Independent Transportation Network" Program - Provides senior transportation with door-to-door, arm-through-arm service to thousands of seniors nationwide. The program allows seniors to maintain their independence by joining a reliable, alternative transportation organization dedicated to senior mobility and dignity. The program also helps to empower seniors who can no longer drive. Across the USA.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Savvy Seniors Program - A free Better Business Bureau program for seniors on how to spot the different kinds of investment fraud and to teach them what to do if they think that they may have been scammed. The program provides a trusted source for information on top senior scams, frauds, along with the proper steps scam and identity theft victims can take. The goal is to prevent financial elder abuse. Locations across the USA and Canada.
100 Days of Happy Older People Campaign- A global social media campaign encouraging the younger generation to connect with the older generation. Younger generations are to ask an older person 'What makes you happy?' The answer and a picture or video is then posted online using the hashtag #happyolderpeople on 100daysofhappyolderpeople.com, Facebook, Twitter. The goal of the campaign is to engage older adults in public, to celebrate aging, and promote intergenerational exchanges in the 100 days before the United Nations (UN) celebration of the International Day of Older Persons. (IDOP)
Nana Cafe- Older women contribute their time and skills to the communal Nana Cafe by sharing recipes, cooking, chatting, serving and socializing with the community and in return receive profits from the partnership. An excellent senior contribution program. London, England.
Silver Arts Program- A comprehensive senior arts program consisting of a large exhibition, artistic performances and art workshops. Seniors explore and unlock their creative side and pick up new skills.Through the Silver Arts Program seniors are also empowered to share, lead and inspire each other and provide additional growth opportunities. Singapore.
True Link- Elder Financial Abuse Has a Rival - True Link is a pre-paid debit card and monitoring system that allows a trusted person to act as an administrator, such as an adult child and assist an elderly parent in keeping an eye on their financial accounts. The aim is to protect the financial assets of elderly by providing ongoing monitoring, mobile alerts and fraud blocking that aim to avoid senior scams, credit card scams, fraud, and other financial scams or potential problems before they occur. Across the USA.
Triangle Square LGBT Housing Program - Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing's (GLEH) Triangle Square provides LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) senior housing and services. The program is the first of its kind and a model for LGBT senior housing for the rest of the United States and the world. Los Angeles, USA.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America on Campus - Alzheimer's Foundation of America on Campus is a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and AFA Teens that encourages and engages students at colleges and universities to engage in Alzheimer awareness raising activities and to get involved as future leaders of the Alzheimer's cause. Across the USA.
The Elders - Founded by the late Nelson Mandela, The Elders is a group of global elder leaders made up of Kofi Annan Ela Bhatt, Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunus and others who are using collective wisdom and experience to promote dialogue and peace building. They lend support to efforts which alleviate human suffering, particularly caused by armed conflict, extreme poverty, injustice or intolerance. International.
Senior Planet Exploration Center- The Senior Planet Exploration Center is a state of the art technology center designed for seniors. The center is located in Manhattan and hosts free computer and technology classes, workshops, programs, lectures and special events. Seniors can also engage in video games, talk to computer experts and play with the latest tech gadgets.
New York, NY., USA.
Elder Serve - Dementia at Night Program - A one of a kind night respite program for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. People with Alzheimer's and other dementia often loose sense of time and as a result can be awake and active throughout the night, a phenomenon known as 'Sundown.' The Hebrew Home at Riverdale's Dementia at Night program keeps those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia active and cared for during the dawn to dusk hours. New York, NY., USA.
Art Cart Program: Research Center for Arts and Culture - A senior arts legacy project dedicated to archiving senior artist's work and collecting background information and bios on individual living artists. The aim is to recognize and give credit to senior artists, to provide an intergenerational exchange between artists and to promote positive aging.
Washington D.C., USA.
Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect - A center dedicated to elder abuse prevention through medical and forensic research, along with programs for abused, neglected and exploited seniors living in the community or in long-term care facilities. The center aims to provide ongoing research and resources to help increase awareness of abuse and to eliminate elder abuse and mistreatment of older adults. UC Irvine, California, USA.
Road Scholar - All-inclusive travel, life-long learning and volunteer opportunities for older adults 55 plus. The aim is to inspire older adults to learn, discover, travel and volunteer through educational local and international travel. Special travel discounts and offers available.
Age Friendly NYC - Age Friendly NYC is an initiative to create age-friendly or senior friendly neighborhoods, housing, businesses, technology, colleges and universities, and appropriate age friendly disaster preparedness and response in New York City. The model is based on The World Health Organization’s Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. New York City.
Alzheimer's Poetry Project- Those with dementia engage in artistic poetry. Each participant living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia is encouraged to engage in artistic creativity by listening to classic poetry, contributing to a communal poem and reading it out loud. In Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Germany and Poland.
Grandmothers To Grandmothers Campaign - Grandmothers in Canada are on a mission to connect with, support and provide help to African grandmothers caregiving for millions of grandchildren, and children orphaned by AIDS or from communities ravaged by war. The Stephen Lewis Foundation. Across Canada and Africa.
Encore.org Purpose Prize Program - Creating jobs for seniors and awarding senior employment by giving out $100,000. Seniors who are passionate about a social cause and are working to solve social problems to better the world around them are awarded the prize to further their work. Across the USA.
Comfort Keepers Stop Senior Hunger Campaign - Comfort Keepers is doing their part to educate seniors, caregivers and families to watch for signs of elderly malnutrition and senior hunger. The Stop Hunger Campaign is using the WATCH Tool of Watch, Ask, Talk Check, Have.