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Dr. Richard Taylor Named 2009 Carter Williams Legacy Award Honoree

Pioneer Network Celebrates Dr. Richard Taylor’s Pioneering Advocacy To Bring A Voice To People Living With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Pioneer Network

(ROCHESTER, NY, May 7, 2009 --)  Pioneer Network announced today that Dr. Richard Taylor is the 2009 Recipient of the Carter Williams Legacy Award. The award is given in honor of Dr. Taylor's pioneering advocacy to bring a voice to people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  The award will be presented at Pioneer Network's ninth national conference – Coming Together. Creating Community. It's Only Natural! on August 12-14 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Dr. Taylor will be speaking at the opening plenary session on August 13.

Richard Taylor is a leader and role model, who exemplifies the vision, goals and ideals of the Carter Williams Legacy Fund.  For the last decade, as a national and international speaker, author, blogger and retired psychologist, he has worked tirelessly to help others see persons with dementia as people – first. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-type dementia at the age of 58.  Now 66, he is an unwavering champion for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dr. Taylor says, "I have an obligation to myself and others to speak up and speak out about my experience, feelings, and concerns.  If I don't, who will know what it's like to have Alzheimer's disease?"

"The wealth of knowledge and depth of passion that Richard brings to his life and his work are unparalleled. He is truly making a difference in the way we think about long-term care and caring.  We are honored that he will be accepting the Carter Williams Legacy Award and we look forward to partnering with Richard to ensure that all elders are able to direct their own lives wherever they call home," said Pioneer Network's Executive Director Bonnie Kantor.

In addition to his plenary session address, Richard Taylor be a special guest presenter at the pre-conference intensive on Wednesday, August 12 (CI-9) Involving People Who Live With Dementia in a Purposeful Community; and he will also lead his own 90-minute session, Humanizing Dementia Care Through Culture Change. Dr. Taylor's reflections on life with the disease have been compiled into a book of essays, Alzheimer's from the Inside Out, and will be on sale at the Pioneer Network bookstore. Dr. Taylor will be available for book signings.

The Carter Williams Legacy Fund was established in 2008 by the Pioneer Network to support the personal growth and engagement in those who desire to make a difference by creating a new culture of eldercare and aging. This fund is named in honor of Carter Catlett Williams, Convener of the Pioneer Network, whose compassion and leadership has inspired countless pioneers around
the nation and the world. The Carter Williams Legacy Award honors individuals who have devoted themselves to creating a new culture of caring and aging, and in the process have risen beyond their peers to a position of national and international prominence and leadership that few attain.  Information about the Carter Williams Legacy Fund and previous honoree Carter Catlett Williams is found at

ABOUT PIONEER NETWORK   Pioneer Network is the leading advocacy organization of the culture change movement. Pioneer Network was formed in 1997 by a small group of prominent professionals in long-term care to advocate for person-directed care. This group called for a radical change in the culture of aging so that when our grandparents, parents — and ultimately ourselves — go to a nursing home or other community-based setting it is to thrive, not to decline. This movement, away from institutional provider-driven models to more humane consumer-driven models that embrace flexibility and self-determination, has come to be known as the long-term care culture change movement. Our partners and audience are primarily engaged in some aspect of long-term care including CEOs and administrators, consumers and family caregivers, doctors and nurses, direct care providers, government officials, regulators and policy makers, and others who care about, and care for, the aging

ABOUT RICHARD TAYLOR  Richard Taylor is a world-renowned author, retired psychologist and champion for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-type dementia at the age of 58.  Now 66, he is dedicated to sharing his personal odyssey with dementia by giving us a rare glimpse into what it feels like to be on the receiving-end of a diagnosis.  He is author of the book Alzheimer's from the Inside Out, which is being translated for distribution throughout the world (Health Professions Press, 2006), and has started over 50 chat rooms worldwide for people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones. He was a moving force in the establishment of the Dementia Advisory Committee of the U.S. Alzheimer's Association, looking at how to better integrate individuals living with the diagnosis in the leadership, program development, and delivery functions of the Association and its local chapters. He now serves as the chair of a similar committee he helped to establish for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. He serves on the board of the Houston and Southeast Texas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  He publishes his own newsletter of, by, and for people with dementia, which you can sign up to receive, and is halfway through editing another book of his writings.

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