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Recognizing caregivers in honor of national family caregivers month.

We're honoring caregivers everywhere by offering a platform for caregivers and recipients to share their most memorable moments with the world., the most comprehensive resource for seniors and their families searching for senior care or housing, today announces the launch of its first-annual Caregiver Recognition Awards, co-sponsored by Emeritus Senior Living. The Caregiver Recognition Awards program aims to recognize the millions of Americans serving in a caregiving capacity to a friend or loved one, as well as those who do so in a professional capacity.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 30% of Americans are serving in a caregiving capacity to a friend or loved one. That's more than 65 million people, and together they contribute about $375 billion in unpaid services. And it's no easy job: The National Family Caregivers Association has amassed dozens of startling statistics demonstrating that caregiving takes a physical, emotional and financial toll on our nation's caregivers.

"We work with families seeking senior living and senior care options for a loved one, and we hear incredibly heartwarming stories every day," says Chris Rodde, CEO of "With the Caregiver Recognition Awards, we're honoring caregivers everywhere by offering a platform for caregivers and recipients to share their most memorable moments with the world. Just reading some of these stories is a learning experience, and we're excited about sharing this project with the community." will begin accepting caregiver stories through the company website today. Entrants submitting a caregiving story who also "like" the Facebook page will be entered to win a random weekly gift card drawing. Some prizes have been donated by participating organizations, including It's Never 2 Late, a company which creates computer systems to engage residents and for use in therapy departments.

The community is invited to share their stories, browse submissions and vote on their favorites. A grand-prize winner will be selected in each category, based on expert feedback on the top three vote-getters in each category. The judging panel will be comprised of a group of leading senior care experts, including Patty Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief of Long-Term Living magazine, and Barbara McVicker, author and eldercare advocate.

A grand-prize winner will be selected in both the professional caregiver and family caregiver categories. The family caregiver category winner will also receive a complimentary respite stay for their loved one courtesy of program co-sponsor Emeritus Senior Living.

In addition to giving caregivers an opportunity to win incredible prizes, aims to raise awareness of the challenges of caregiving and create a collection of heartfelt stories that will serve as inspiration for those caring for aging loved ones.

About ( is a free resource for people looking for senior housing or senior care for a loved one or themselves. features expert-written articles, a free care advisor service and a comprehensive directory of senior care options. For example, check out our Phoenix Assisted Living page to browse a total of 30 area assisted living facilities.

About Emeritus Senior Living

Emeritus Corporation is a national provider of senior living services. Emeritus is one of the largest and most experienced operators of freestanding assisted living communities located throughout the United States. These communities provide a residential housing alternative for senior citizens who need assistance with the activities of daily living, with an emphasis on personal care services, which provides support to the residents in the aging process. Emeritus currently operates 485 communities in 44 states representing capacity for approximately 43,100 units and approximately 50,500 residents. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC, and our home page can be found on the Internet at


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