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Gary Barg

Lucky Thirteen

This is going to be a great year for new products, services and support for family caregivers if the amazing list of 2014 Caregiver Friendly Award nominees are any indication. 

I know that each and every one of these nominees represents many thousands of hours of loving labor by their producers and manufacturers, all working with one thought in common: “What can I do to help the life of the family caregiver become easier?” 

One thing I am most excited about is the wide variety of industries that are now sending in entries and the incredible work they are producing with family caregivers in mind.  And this year, we are expanding the categories to include Long Term Care Facilities. As family caregivers search for facility partners on behalf of their loved ones, it would be a great help to know which is (and which is not) Caregiver Friendly.

Now to the reason this email is titled “Lucky Thirteen.”  We have received emails and calls from organizations who are interested in having just a smidge more time to enter the award program this year.

So for those organizations wishing to offer a Caregiver Friendly nomination, the deadline for the thirteenth annual award program has been extended to June 13th, 2014. (Oh yes, one other lucky element—it is a Friday.)

Award winners will be recognized at Today’s Caregiver magazine’s Annual Fort Lauderdale Fearless Caregiver Conference. Winners will also be highlighted on (where last year’s winners can presently be found) and in the pages of Today’s Caregiver magazine.

Please share your labors of love with family caregivers and let them know that someone out there is thinking of them. Award entry applications can be found online at or by calling 800-829-2734.

Now, get back to your workshops, laboratories and typewriters (showing my age). We look forward to discovering which nominees will be able to join the ranks of the Caregiver Friendly Award winners in 2014.


Gary Barg

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