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CANHR Wins 2015 Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Award


California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is among four nonprofit programs that has been awarded the 2015 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Legacy Award. Each year, the Gilbert Foundation awards $20,000 each to programs that address the needs of Alzheimer’s Disease caregivers and their care recipients. This year, CANHR received the award for our efforts in the Campaign to End the Inappropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes. Since 2010, CANHR has worked tirelessly to replace a “culture of drugging” within nursing homes. Nearly one-third of California’s nursing home residents with dementia still receive powerful antipsychotic drugs that are neither intended nor FDA-approved for their medical conditions. CANHR’s program seeks to eliminate the inappropriate use of antipsychotics, and replace drugging with person-centered, comfort-based care.  We thank the Gilbert Foundation and the Family Caregiver Alliance for this recognition, and look forward to attending the award reception in March.