Our Vision

Our goal is to provide information, education and support to families caring for aging loved ones, especially those coping with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. We believe that whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, you can learn and grow from the caregiving journey. To that end, we provide knowledge, tools and community to help caregivers improve the quality of life for both themselves and their aging loved ones.

Prism Innovations, Inc. publishes the ElderCare Online and ALZwell Caregiver Support websites; distributes print and electronic (online and CD-Rom) booklets and workbooks as part of the Prism Caregiver Education Series; and offers specialized editorial consultations and knowledge management services for eldercare professionals and companies.

Our motto is "Tell me why -- Show me how -- Hold my hand"

--- Caregiver Communities ---

Our websites are popular destinations for caregivers. They are more than just online magazines: they offer access to a dynamic community of caregivers and professionals; provide time-saving tools and resource directories; and provide a safe outlet for emotions.

ElderCare Online (http://www.ec-online.net): Comprehensive information, education and support for people caring for aging loved ones, especially those coping with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.

ALZwell Caregiver Support (http://www.alzwell.com): Helping caregivers find understanding, wisdom and growth throughout the caregiving journey.

--- Prism Caregiver Education Series ---

The Prism Caregvier Education Series (http://www.ec-online.net/cgehome.htm) is a collection of booklets and woprkbooks designed to educate caregivers about specific caregiving issues. They are available in print, CD-Rom and online formats. Our Learning Resource Guides have been developed with the goal of enhancing caregivers' understanding of the numerous complex areas of caregiving to give a greater sense of mastery over their situation. The Prism Care Assistant Workbooks have been designed to reduce the complications of managing a loved one's personal and medical affairs. Editorial input has come from people with a degree in health care administration and other health care-related degrees.

--- Professional Services ---

Prism's management team helps professionals to reach out to their clients with quality published materials. Our editorial and knowledge management services include:
   - Licensing all or part of our extensive library to other websites;
   - Creating exclusive editorial products that deliver your message to your audience;
   - Licensing our workbooks and booklets for bulk distribution; and
   - Advising professionals on Internet and publishing strategy.

--- Management ---

Rich O'Boyle (rich@ec-online.net) is the Founder and Community Coordinator of ElderCare Online. He attended The George Washington University where he earned an MBA in Economics and Strategy with an emphasis on the management of long-term care organizations. He has worked as the senior health care correspondant in CCH Inc.'s Washington, D.C. news bureau and as a technology and management consultant for Ernst & Young. He has served as an advocate for the rights of nursing home residents as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Suffolk County, N.Y. He is also active on the Board of Directors of his local civic association, a member of the American Society on Aging and a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

--- Contributing Editors ---

Joanne K. Singleton, Ph.D., FNP is an Associate Professor at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing, and Director of Pace's Institute for Healthy Aging. Dr. Singleton maintains a practice at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Her area of research focuses on care-of-self, and understanding what helps patients to follow their care plans.

Edyth Ann Knox was the 24/7 caregiver for her mother-in-law, Milly, for over a decade. As an early adopter of online communities for caregivers, she has earned the respect and friendship of numerous other wired caregivers. She has been a creator and participant in some of the Internet's earliest online caregiving communities: the Washington University at St. Louis's Alzheimer's Listserv, other e-mail support groups, and her own real-time chat room. She brings years of experience as a practical caregiver, wise mentor, and easy-to-laugh friend to new and experienced caregivers alike.

Mark Edinberg, PhD. is a psychologist, author, organizational consultant, and part-time jazz pianist who has been working in the field of Gerontology for 30 years. He has been a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Bridgeport, for the last decade, and is in private practice primarily working with older adults and their families. Currently he maintains a private practice in Fairfield, CT, consults with nursing homes, organizations and families on a range of topics. He teaches part-time at Fairfield University. Mark is an expert in Intergenerational Mediation – working with families on matters ranging from health to asset transfers). He also works in the fields of sports psychology and organizational training. Mark is the author of three books, including "Talking with Your Aging Parents."

Bevery Bigtree Murphy is certified rehabilitation counselor and former caregiver to her husband who had Alzheimer’s Disease. She is a widely read author who combines her unique experiences as a mental health professional and hands-on caregiver with a spiritual orientation that is both practical and insightful. Beverly often brings ideas and examples from her Native American heritage to help caregivers understand themselves and their roles as caregivers. She is the author of "He Used to Be Somebody: A Journey Through Alzheimer's Through the Eyes of a Caregiver" and a website for caregivers managing incontinence.

Avrene L. Brandt, Ph.D. is a practicing licensed clinical psychologist. Among her areas of specialization are grief/mourning, aging and caregiving. She regularly consults with Alzheimer's Disease associations and care facilities. She speaks from her personal and clinical knowledge of caregiving and is the author of "Caregiver's Reprieve: A Guide to Emotional Survival When You're Caring for Someone You Love."

Nancy Bryce has experienced first-hand the aging of loved ones. Her paternal grandmother, who lived with the effects of strokes and had a variety of special needs, lived with Nancy’s family while she was growing up. Her maternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s Disease. Nancy has experienced the disease from a family member’s perspective and saw its process until her grandmother's death a few years ago.

--- Partners in Excellence ---

Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation: Co-develop the Teen Resource Center

Novartis Foundation for Gerontology: Provide content to their Health and Age website and newsletter editorial

Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain: Co-produce the chat series "Alzheimer's Answers."

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