Brookdale Foundation Announces RFP for Respite and Early Memory Programs

The Brookdale Foundation is accepting applications for its Group Respite and Early Loss programs.

Since 1989, the Brookdale National Group Respite Program has awarded seed grants to organizations for the development and implementation of social model group respite programs. These programs have served thousands of elders with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family caregivers. In addition to group respite, the development of programs for people with early memory loss also is supported through this initiative.

1) Group Respite Program: The goals of the program are to offer opportunities for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to engage in a program of meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting, with the goals of maximizing their cognitive and social abilities and providing relief and support to family members and other primary caregivers.

2) Early Memory Loss: Memory enhancement and compensatory skill building are central elements in this consumer-directed social and educational program. Other components are group problem-solving, socialization, peer support, exercise, and camaraderie. This model has been replicated around the country in response to the growing population of people seeking both earlier diagnosis and resources to meet their unique needs.

Grant support for either program includes a one-year grant of $10,000, renewable for a second year, based on evaluation of first-year activities and the potential for future continuation of the program, at $5,000; all-expenses-paid participation for one staff member at a training conference, to be held October 20-22, 2017, in Denver, Colorado; and ongoing technical assistance and support from Brookdale staff in San Francisco and in New Jersey, including participation in the Brookdale Respite Network.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the Brookdale National Group website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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