The Alzheimer’s Foundation Anne and Irving Brodsky Innovation Grant

For 30 years, Dr. Alan Kratenstein has served the Staten Island, New York, community as a general and family dentist. Dedicated to giving back, Dr. Alan Kratenstein provides support to multiple medical organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. In addition to driving research about Alzheimer’s disease, the organization also provides a wide range of resources for the people it affects.

To increase the amount of programming for people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, the organization launched the annual Anne & Irving Brodsky Innovation Grant. This grant provides funding to nonprofit member organizations to launch unique and exciting initiatives.

Last year, the Life Enrichment Center of Cleveland County in North Carolina received the grant and used it to create a horticultural therapy center, a greenhouse that provides a calm, peaceful, and engaging environment for individuals with dementia, as well as their caregivers and loved ones.

In 2015, Caring Days Adult Day Care in Alabama used the grant to create a program for patients with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals in this stage have difficulty communicating and can feel isolated. To ease this isolation, the center designed a room to stimulate and soothe these individuals with massage equipment, aroma diffusers, music, and an interactive panel.

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