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Giving It Back & Paying It Forward - Alzheimer's Association

Updated: Jun 27


Giving back to our community is our goal whenever we buy and sell real estate. Every year we donate a portion of our income from real estate transactions to worthy cause organizations we support. Please take a moment to learn about one of the charities that has touched our lives. 


Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Provider Roundtable Funds Research Aimed at Improving Care Interactions in Assisted Living Communities

The Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Provider Roundtable (AADCPR) is awarding $250,000 in grant funding to Anju Paudel, Ph.D., R.N., Pennsylvania State University, to fund research aimed at optimizing care interactions between staff and people living with dementia in assisted living communities.

The new study will examine the effectiveness of a new process and outcome measure known as QUALity of Interactions Inventory (QUALII). The new tool is aimed at both guiding positive care interactions between assisted living staff and residents and evaluating the impact of these interactions.

“Staff-resident interaction is a critical measure of high quality, person-centered dementia care,” Paudel said. “Nearly one million residents living in assisted living communities have care interactions with staff daily. Our study is aimed at optimizing these interactions to improve care delivery, response to treatment and enhance resident and staff satisfaction.”

It is estimated that 42% of residents in assisted living communities have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. These residents are especially at risk for poor care interactions related to ineffective staff approaches such as rapid talking, negative touching, and lack of verbal or non-verbal contact during care. These poor care interactions can have negative consequences for both residents and staff.

“Our study is aimed at developing strategies for optimizing care interactions in assisted living that will benefit both residents and staff,” Paudel said. “Previous research on understanding and improving staff-resident interactions in long-term care has been focused largely in nursing homes. Less is known about care interactions in the unique setting of assisted living communities.”


Why Michael is Paying It Forward 

In the tapestry of life, memories play an integral role, shaping our past, present, and future. However, the heart-wrenching reality of Alzheimer's is something I've witnessed firsthand, watching my father bravely battle the disease. Those eight years were a poignant reminder of the fragile nature of our most cherished moments and the strength required by families, especially caregivers like my mother. The Alzheimer's Association became our guiding light during those tumultuous times, providing invaluable resources and support. Inspired by their unwavering dedication and the personal journey of my family, I've made it my mission to give back. A portion of every real estate sale I make is donated to the Alzheimer's Association. It's my way of honoring my father's memory and ensuring that more families have access to the resources they need. Through each transaction, I aim to contribute to a world where memories are treasured, preserved, and never fade away.

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Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to our real estate sales team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning real estate service, but a very worthy cause will benefit as well. Give us a call at 925-351-4924! 


About Michael Forkas:

Michael Forkas is not your typical real estate agent. After building a successful real estate development company, he pivoted his career to provide unmatched service to homeowners. Michael stands by his promise: He won't sell you a home he wouldn't buy himself.

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