AGING SERVICES: Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award

Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award

 
This award will be presented annually in the month of November, during National Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month, in a different region of the state. This award was designed and developed to recognize and commemorate the exceptional contributions made by Ms. Prague, a former Department Commissioner, over her many years in the legislature, state government, and the private sector, as well as to highlight an outstanding and innovative dementia caregiver in the state of Connecticut. Nominations are accepted annually by Cynthia Rangoon Grant, at the State Department on Aging, by emailing Cynthia.grant@ct.gov or calling 860.424.5279.
 
 
Award Recipients:
 

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Cynthia Rangoon Grant, on behalf of The State Department on Aging, presented the third annual Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award for Innovative Dementia Caregiving to Mr. Patrick Kavanaugh, of Stratford. 

{Honoree of Caregiver award}
Left to right: Cynthia Grant, SDA; Patrick Kavanaugh, Award Recipient; Katie Regan SWCAA Respite Care Manager

Mr. Kavanaugh has been a caregiver for the last six years for his parents, both of whom live with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. His dad was diagnosed four years ago, and his mom was diagnosed nine months ago.  A retired AT & T employee, Patrick attributes his ability to be a successful caregiver to having a abundant supply of patience, understanding, and love for his parents. His best advice is to “be yourself and try to encourage what they do, taking time to listen and talk to them.”  Mr. Kavanaugh was nominated by Katie Regan, Care Manager, from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, where he received services from the Connecticut Statewide Care Program.

The award was presented at the Excellence in Caregiving Luncheon, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, and hosted by Brightview New Canaan.

Second Annual Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award
 
On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Cynthia Rangoon Grant, on behalf of The State Department on Aging, presented the second annual Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award for Innovative Dementia Caregiving to Mrs. Doreen DeLorenzo, of Milford.
 
{Caregiver Award Winner}
Cynthia Grant, SDA & Doreen DeLorenzo Caregiver Award Recipient

Mrs. DeLorenzo, a caregiver for her husband who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, was joined by her husband Dennis and her stepdaughter Rachele.   Dennis was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 53, and his wife has been caring for him for seven years.  Once learning of his diagnosis after three years of tests and doctors, Doreen began educating herself about the disease, joined a support group, and became an advocate for the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  She was nominated by a Care Manager from the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, where she received services from the Connecticut Statewide Care Program.
The award was presented at the Annual Fearless Caregiver Conference hosted by Caregiver.Com and the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut.
 
 
First Annual Edith G. Prague Compassionate Caregiver Award
 
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the former Commissioner of the State Department on Aging, Edith G. Prague, joined The State Department on Aging in presenting the first annual Compassionate Caregiver Award for Innovative Dementia Caregiving in her name to Mr. Thomas Mason, of Mystic.  This award was designed and developed to recognize and commemorate the exceptional contributions made by Ms. Prague over her many years in the legislature, state government, and the private sector, as well as to highlight an outstanding and innovative dementia caregiver in the state of Connecticut. 
 
Mr. Mason, a caregiver for his mother who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, was joined by his wife Karen, and shared his appreciation for the many individuals and resources in the community who have helped him in his journey caring for his mother, including the Statewide Respite Care Program, the Connecticut Homecare Program For Elders, and staff from Senior Resources, Connecticut Community Care, Inc., The Department of Social Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association. He also thanked his wife and five children for their continued support and patience with the challenging behaviors that accompany this disease.
 
The Willimantic Chronicle provided refreshments, and the Beckish Senior Center hosted the event.


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