(PRWEB) February 23, 2010
The web portal Parentgiving has selected the 10 finalists for their first annual Parentgivers of the Year Awards to raise awareness of the challenges caregivers face and to give back to them and their loved ones with specially created prize packages. As part of the awards process, the public is invited to read about each of these deserving caregivers and cast their vote online at the Parentgiving website.
"Choosing these amazing finalists was a challenging and nearly impossible job," said Julie Davis, Chief Content Officer and member of the judging panel. "The finalists were chosen from the dozens of outstanding nominees who shared their caregiving stories with us during the nomination phase. Perhaps the best way to describe why we chose these caregivers is that their experiences go to depths of caregiving that even many caregivers cannot fathom. We hope that all caregivers will find their stories inspirational and be part of the process to help determine those most deserving of the 2010 Parentgivers of the Year Awards by going to the Parentgiving website and voting for their choice."
The 2010 Parentgivers Of The Year Judges
The public's votes will help the judging panel make their determinations. The judges include:
Joan Garbow, a licensed clinical social worker, a certified case manager and a member of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. Currently in private practice, Joan works with clients throughout Fairfield County, CT, by assisting families with eldercare issues.
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, New York based stage actors and husband and wife. Michael's latest book, Family Meals, chronicles the family crisis that unfolded when Jill's mom Lora started having difficulty functioning after her second husband died. They faced the anguish of long-distance caregiving as they tried to adjust Lora's living arrangements to address the beginnings of dementia and her angry resistance to their help, ultimately finding a family-based living arrangement.
Bob Silver, co-founder of Parentgiving. The website grew out of Bob's own family experiences. Bob and his sister Jackie were the primary caregivers for both of their parents, Sylvia and Louis. After becoming educated about assisted living and other care options, Bob helped his parents find care workers to allow them to stay at home. He lost his mother shortly before her 90th birthday, after almost 20 years of fighting cancer. In October 2008, his father passed away at age 93.
The 2010 Parentgivers Of The Year Prizes
The Grand Prize Winner will receive up to $2,000 toward a spa getaway, up to $1,000 in respite services, including a 3-day short-term respite stay for their senior loved one at one of 316 Emeritus Senior Living communities nationwide and a $500 gift certificate for the Parentgiving store—a prize package valued at $3,500.
Five First Prize Winners will each receive a $200 gift certificate for the Parentgiving store and a 2-day short-term respite stay for their senior loved one at an Emeritus Senior Living community near them—5 prize packages each valued at $600.
A Select Prize Winner will win a Medminder Maya System with one year's subscription service, to be awarded to a caregiver responsible for a loved one living at home with limited assistance to make medication adherence easier.
The 2010 Parentgivers Of The Year Partners
Sponsors of the awards include Emeritus Senior Living and the YWCA of the City of New York City.
How To Vote
Vote online at Parentgiving where you can read about each of these deserving caregivers. Voting closes on February 28, 2010 and the Awards will be announced in early March.
Parentgiving's mission is to help people better care for their aging parents. The company's website, parentgiving.com, offers a wealth of elder care information including articles in 16 "learning center" categories, daily newsflashes, senior health tips, caregiver stories, checklists and an online community of blogs and forums. The Parentgiving Store has over 1,500 products for seniors in categories including Alzheimer's and memory aids, home medical supplies, incontinence, mobility devices, bath safety, nutritionals and daily living aids.
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