The 3rd Annual Maudeâ€™s Award Recipients were announced in Seattle, WA. Three organizations each received $25,000, and five individuals received $5,000 each including Mary Crescenzo of Topanga, California, whose innovation includes her pioneer work in arts engagement and dementia through her multi-disciplinary approach to â€śCare Through the Arts.sm.â€ť
As author of â€śThe Planet Alzheimerâ€™s Guide: 8 Ways The Arts Can Transform The Life Of Your Loved One And Your Own,â€ť and playwright of Planet A, a play about the inner world of Alzheimerâ€™s, Crescenzoâ€™s advocacy continues as a public speaker and in self-care creative writing workshops with care partners. Planet A was performed at the Topanga Public Library in a staged reading by the Topanga Actors Company in May. marycrescenzo.com
Maudeâ€™s Award was created to enrich the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimerâ€™s disease and related dementia and their care partners. It provides monetary awards to organizations and individuals for innovations excelling in one of four categories. Maudeâ€™s Awards was created in 2019 by Richard Ferry (Co-Founder of Korn-Ferry International) in honor of his beloved wife of 65 years, for achievement and demonstrated success. https://maudesawards.org; @maudeawards; #MaudesAwards.
â€śWith the percentage of caregivers of older adults at forty million and rising, this guide could not be timelier. Ms. Crescenzo lays out in terms easily understood by those with no artistic inclination, methods and tools that can enhance the quality of life of someone with dementia. Her non-judgmental methods have been shown to strengthen or re-establish the bond between the caregiver, and a loved one suffering from cognitive impairment. I strongly recommend this book for any care giver.â€ť
â€”Ed Friedman, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Lifetime Arts (Ret.)