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The Genius of Caring

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Dear GlobalGiving community,

We hope you are safe and healthy during this time of global crisis. Especially now we rely on community and each other. We will get through this together. 

While we are staying at home and practicing social/physical distancing there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.

Below are a few resources we have found helpful: 

Home Instead 5 Important Questions to Ask Seniors While Social Distancing

  1. How are you feeling physically?
  2. Do you have enough food, supplies and medications? 
  3. Are you feeling worried or anxious?
  4. Are you having trouble sleeping?
  5. What do you need help doing?

Alzheimer's Association COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers

  1. For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice.
  2. People living with dementia may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember important hygienic practices from one day to the next.
  3. Ask your pharmacist or doctor about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
  4. Think ahead and make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult daycare, respite, etc. be modified or canceled in response to COVID-19.
  5. Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.

Also, here's a couple of articles from AARP and Elder Care Alliance with some great ideas of navigating taking care of oneself and loved ones. 

With much love and gratitude,

The Genius of Caring Family

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Dear Global Giving Community,

We want to thank all of you, our community of support, for your generosity, love, and kindness. Due to your ongoing support, we have been able to continue to serve caregivers through our work. So many people have been reaching out to us this holiday season to thank our family and our team here at the Genius of Caring for the support and validation they have felt through watching The Genius of Marian and other projects we have produced. It was a reminder of how much my mother's spirit is still driving this project. She was a gifted social worker and an amazing listener. She helped people believe in themselves and cultivated strong and supportive community networks and friendships. I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a community and I am excited to continue to grow and learn into 2020 and beyond.

Our team will soon be releasing an additional portrait to the site, Chuck and Dolores English who we have introduced to you in previous reports. As you may remember Dolores and Chuck were a warm, giving, loving couple that had been together for 36 years. Chuck passed away from late-stage Lewy Body dementia. Dolores has been very committed to helping other family caregivers and believes her and Chuck's portrait can help others. We feel honored to have met them and look forward to sharing their story.

We wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!

With gratitude,

Banker White

The Genius of Caring is designed to support caregivers and to provide students, healthcare professionals, and others with a glimpse into the caregiving experience. We seek to feature a wide range of family caregivers and those living with caregiving intensive diseases. 

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Dear Global Giving supporters,

We are so grateful for this wonderful community. In this report we wanted to share a few ways The Genius of Caring has grown and evolved over the years due to your on going support. In the face of what can be a very isolating experience, we are extremely proud that our work continues to provide a space for caregivers and their loved ones to share their experiences and create a meaningful community. 

In 2019, we have been committed to profiling the tireless and compassionate work of caregivers though our documentary portrait series and also be able to offer support through community screening and discussion events and our ever expanding social network. today, we have over 350 profiles on the website and over 5500 social media followers. 
Individual caregivers, who have participated in our community events, or contributed to our website and via social media channels, have told us how much they appreciate this welcoming and supportive space to share. If you have supported this project and not yet visited our sites, please come and revisit the website, check us out on Facebook or Twitter - we have quite an active and supportive group and would love to have you join us. And please share with people who you think might be interested and join us.
With deepest gratitude,
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Kamaria Moore
Kamaria Moore

Happy Summer GlobalGiving community!

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. In spirit of the month, we'd like to share our documentary portrait of Ed & Pam White from our Genius of Caring interactive project (& of course the Genius of Marain documentary). This is the first of five chapters. We also wanted to highlight Kamaria and Mary Moore's portrait whcih was added to the site in 2017. Kamaria is caring for her mother who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 58. You can view the entire interactive experience and contributions from our community at

We launched the site and initiative in sync with the broadcast of the Genius of Marain on POV. We are incredibly proud of this project and continue to work on it to this day, adding documentary portraits of amazing caregigers around the country and facilitating important discussions for families affected by Alzheimer's and other caregiving intensive diseases.

We want to say thank you to our partners and funders - National Endowment for the Arts, The Fledgling Fund, Points North Institute, Home Instead Senior Care and the Family Caregiver Alliance and to so many of you who have supported this project over the years!

In the spirit of growing this community PLEASE SHARE this project with 3 to 4 friends or anyone in your circle who might find it meaningful.With much appreciation!The Genius of Caring Team

Pam & Ed White
Pam & Ed White


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Dear GlobalGiving Community,

We want to thank all of you, our community of support, for your generosity, love and kindness. Due to your ongoing support, we have been able to continue to serve caregivers through our work. 

In this report, we want to share some news about our latest project Heaven Through the Backdoor. The film tells the story of a woman, Yolanda Shae, grappling with the most universal, philosophical questions about what it means to fully live and what it means to die. Yolanda, or Yo as she was affectionatly known, was a dear friend of Anna, the film’s director. Here is a statement from Anna:

"In 2013, I lost one of my closest friends. Her name was Yo (Yolanda Shae). We filmed with her during the last two years of her life. Our 15-year friendship transcended our 48-year age difference and laid a solid foundation of trust for this project. Yo was many things: a great-grandmother, career weed dealer, intellectual, psychic, hostess, tyrant - and, above all, a captivating storyteller. Our project juxtaposes vivid interpretations of Yo’s stories with intimate observational footage. Yo’s stories, which span eight decades and five continents, are presented virtually uncut to honor her “performance.” Our artistic interpretation, however, is indulgent. To bring her memories and stories to life, we use varied techniques including intricately built sets, animal actors, puppetry and an archive of family photos and artwork."

Family Caregiver Alliance, who we've partnered with for The Genius of Caring, will be our lead partner in organizing our outreach efforts for Heaven Through the Backdoor. We are also thrilled to report that we have recieved support from the SF Film Foundation, the Sundance Institute and the Creative Work Fund.  We also have been selected for a project space residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Fall of 2019. Our project includes a feature length documentary film airing on television and in theaters, along with the exhibition of our built sets in public spaces, museums and galleries. To further envelope our audiences in the multifaceted and sensory experience of Yo’s world, we plan to create listening stations along the exterior walls of the house. By putting on headphones and peering through windows, audiences experience a version of of reality that mingles scale, memories and reinterpretations of material things. The locations we where display the work will also become gathering places for community members to interact with the material and with each other, bringing a vital social element to how the work is experienced. We have had two events already, they were inspiring  and creatively generative.

Looking forward to sharing more as the project develops!


Banker, Anna and Team

Anna inside the set of Yo's house
Anna inside the set of Yo's house
Interior of the set of Yo's house
Interior of the set of Yo's house
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Mirabel Pictures / WeOwnTV

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Twitter: @WeOwnTV
Project Leader:
Banker White
San Francisco, CA United States

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