Plainview, NY | 15
2022 Award Recipient
Channeling her special relationship with her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease, Hailey created Kid Caregivers to fill the vacuum of resources for youth who care for those with Alzheimer’s. While 1.8 million youth in the U.S. serve as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, resources for them were lacking. Kid Caregivers’ “Puzzle Time” initiative pairs young people with Alzheimer’s patients for shared puzzle solving and other activities, which boosts mood and short-term memory. Through an online youth support forum, Kid Caregivers is changing the way young people care for those with Alzheimer’s. Reaching all 50 states and nine countries, more than 2,000 young people have participated in programs in 5,000 memory care facilities, impacting more than 100,000 patients. Tens of thousands of individuals have tuned into Kid Caregivers’ peer-to-peer support blog for advice on coping and bonding with fellow young caregivers.
When Hailey was four years old, her grandmother developed Alzheimer’s disease. Through her personal experience, Hailey discovered the lack of resources and support for the 1.8 million youth in the United States serving as caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s. By creating the non-profit organization Kid Caregivers, Hailey began to pursue a way to make a change. Her organization pairs young people with Alzheimer’s patients for shared puzzle solving, which boosts mood and short-term memory, and organizes an online youth support group to demonstrate that kids who are supporting loved ones who are Alzheimer’s patients are not alone.