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President's Message

Since its founding in 1985, the Extendicare Foundation has grown from a small corporate foundation to one with a much larger presence. Our area of philanthropy expanded from only Alzheimer's research to currently include caregiver education and quality of life initiatives in long term care. The caregiver education piece involves not only nursing staff in long term care but the family caregiver as well. Quality of life initiatives give promise to those that reside in a structured residential or community based setting, that there are opportunities to remain entertained, engaged, and enlightened. These three areas are at the core of our seed funding and the basis on which we give.

In the last year, we funded several creative, replicable and innovative projects as well as cutting edge Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer's Association, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Foundation and Aurora Foundation were all
recipients of grant dollars from the Extendicare Foundation. Their projects ranged from a film on caregiver challenges to the potential link between obesity and Alzheimer's disease - all of which touch and improve the lives of those involved now and will continue to do so in the years to come.

The Foundation owes its success to the employees of Extendicare as it is their generosity conducting bake sales, raffles, golf outings and more, that allow our organization to continue to fund seed grants – it’s also what makes us so unique. Each dollar is given careful consideration as it was raised by those that work hard to bring awareness to our Foundation and those who personally know of its good work. Their efforts make a difference, and it is with great care that we fund quality projects in organizations local to where Extendicare conducts business. I personally take great pride in being part of a company that supports this remarkable charitable organization and enables it to succeed.

As we move into the future, the Extendicare Foundation will be an important player in the Alzheimer’s and long term care philanthropic arenas. With the aging population growing in size, the need for increased research and funding for quality programs to assist those in need will be critical. We feel that our seeds spread now will be the plants harvested for the benefit of others in the future.

-      Lisa Behling, President