Grant Award for Creative Caregivers

The application deadline for the Benjamin Rose Award for Innovation in Caregiving has just been extended! The award recognizes creative solutions to challenges of caregiving. 

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging invites creative caregivers to apply for the 8th annual Innovation in Caregiving Award. Up to three award winners will each receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000. Awards will be presented at Benjamin Rose’s annual conference later this fall.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award recognizes individuals who, in the course of caring for an older adult or person with disabilities in a private home or a residential setting:

  • invent a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge, or
  • find a new application for an existing device or technique that supports caregiving and eases the burden on caregivers.

Applicants for the 2018 awards may be family caregivers, paid care providers, or support staff whose ingenuity and inventiveness in giving care is worthy of recognition and replication. The award criteria include:

  • the innovativeness of the device, technique or new application,
  • its usefulness,
  • its potential for being adopted or duplicated by others, and
  • its possibility for improving quality of care or quality of life, or any combination of those criteria.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award is made possible through a gift to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging by a former Board Member. The late Elizabeth H. (Betty) Rose created several devices that made it easier for caregivers to assist older adults. Her efforts resulted in improvements in care and increased comfort for those receiving care. Betty realized that caregivers are often creative problem solvers as well. She intended this award to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals who serve on the frontlines of caregiving. 

Applications for the award are available online at or by calling 216.791.8000. Deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2018.

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a nationally recognized nonprofit pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. As a champion for older adults, Benjamin Rose works to advance their health, independence and dignity. The organization has established itself as a trusted resource for people who counsel, care for and advocate on behalf of older adults. The state-of-the-art Conference Center at Benjamin Rose hosts educational programming that is responsive to the evolving demands of an aging population.

If you want to become a caregiver or need to renew your caregiver training click here.  

Staying Social and Stimulated in Retirement

If you’re looking at retiring soon, you’re probably excited and nervous—and with good reason.

While some of you might be planning dream vacations, others might be planning to downsize to

a smaller home. When you retire, you have more time for hobbies, but it can also bring on more

solitude. That’s why it’s so important that you make an effort to stay social and stimulated during

retirement. Fortunately, there are some fun, exciting ways that you can do both at the same


Earn Extra Income

While in retirement, you can still bring in a certain amount of income. There are several great

ways to meet new people, stay social, and even earn some pocket change for your next big

vacation, but none quite as exciting and successful as working part-time as a real estate agent.

In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, real estate is one of the most profitable and

popular second careers for seniors. You can meet new people while showing houses and enjoy

part-time work that keeps you energized. For more information, check out this informative guide

from Redfin.

Stay Active

Yes, there are going to be days where visiting with friends over coffee or tea is an ideal way to

spend a relaxing afternoon. However, be sure to balance that by getting active with your friends.

Taking fitness classes with your friends who are also enjoying their golden years is a double

win. You can catch up with your nearest and dearest, while also getting in exercise. Many

seniors’ health insurance plans come with access to senior-only classes, like Silver Sneakers,

where you can explore classes like water aerobics, yoga, and pilates. Taking fitness classes

with other seniors helps to ensure your golden years are filled with health, happiness, and good


College Bound

Many colleges and universities offer special discounts or programs for retirees who want to

broaden their horizons. Community colleges in particular can be a treasure trove of classes that

build new and exciting skills for seniors. Many of these courses are free or low-cost, which

means it’s easy to convince a friend to join you. Will you and a friend be going on an

international adventure? Take a class together that teaches the language you’ll be reading and

hearing (and maybe even speaking!) abroad.

Get Cooking

If your doctor frowns every time he takes your blood pressure, gather your friends to hone your

culinary skills together in a cooking class. You can sign up for a series, learning new dishes

designed to lower cholesterol or developing the skills it takes to transition to a vegan diet. You

can also take one course at time, learning a new and exotic cuisine with your friends, like

making sushi or paella. Often spending time with your friends, and sampling their handiwork, is

even more fun than learning new recipes and skills.

Master the Internet

Want to learn how to chat with your grandchildren on social media? Maybe you struggle with the

website that lets you communicate with your doctor or view medical bills online. You’re definitely

not alone. Many seniors feel uneasy with computers and the internet, especially when it comes

to safety. Taking a course with your friends not only teaches you basic computer skills, but it

also allows you time to bond with your friends over internet challenges and victories.

You’ve worked hard and long all these years and are starting to think about what you can do

with your extra free time. However, having that newfound free time is something you may have

to adjust to. With less structure, stimulation, and responsibilities, retirement as been shown to

hasten declines in mental health, as well as physical well-being. Taking classes with old friends,

while also making some new ones, is an exciting, enthralling way to enjoy this special, well-

deserved time in your life.

If you need to find care visit you can also find resources for seniors here

London in Bloom: Stress Relief Photo

Flowers are a simple way to brighten our days. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken on Regent Street in London, England. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniorsMore caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We hope you have a great week.

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."
-Zen Shin

Stress Relief Photo: Summertime in New York

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." We thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in New York City, admiring the view across the river from Brooklyn. The sun is setting, and the city lights are just starting to twinkle. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you enjoy a happy Fourth of July holiday, and have a great week.

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
-Abraham Lincoln 

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App of the Week: Sea Hero Quest

This week's featured app of the week is Sea Hero Quest. This innovative app is a fun mobile game that also contributes to research on dementia. The app was designed by a British game company, Glitchers along with Alzheimer's Research UK and University College London. By playing the game you contribute to research on dementia and in only a few minutes you provide scientists data that would typically take hours to collect. Read more about the research here.

Caregivers who want training on Dementia and Alzheimer's can purchase our course for Alzheimer's Disease here. 

Mental Health and Seniors

Mental health has become an increasingly important topic. The CDC approximates that 20 percent of adults aged 55 and over experience a mental health condition. Among the most common conditions are anxiety, severe cognitive impairment and mood disorders. Depression, a type of mood disorder, is at the top for mental health issues on older adults. It is associated with distress and suffering and can lead to impairments in physical, mental and social functioning. 

Depression is not a normal part of growing older, but the rate of older adults with these symptoms increase with age. This can result in impairment of other functions and can worsen chronic conditions. A survey from SCAN, found that 82% of seniors know at least one person who is lonely and 58% are reluctant to admit they are lonely themselves. 

Romilla Batra, the chief medical officer at SCAN says, "the good news is that seniors are seeking out ways to remain engaged with others." SCAN provides resources for meaningful interactions as well as mental healthcare for seniors.