Kenneth Smaltz Sr.
It was around 1994 when Ken’s father began showing signs of dementia and soon after moved into his home. For nearly 10 years, Ken and his sister were primary caregivers for his father. As the disease progressed it became increasingly difficult to monitor and take care of his father’s needs at home.
In 2008, Ken met Martha Wolf, Director at Parker Jewish Institute’s Alzheimer Center, and placed his father in their adult day care center. During the time that Ken’s father participated in adult day services, Ken realized what a valuable service adult day centers were for caregivers in the community who were trying to juggle their lives and also take care of loved ones at home. He also realized that not all families would be able to afford the service. So, in the midst of caring for his own father, Ken organized backyard barbecue fundraising events at his home with the proceeds going to directly help families pay for social day care. Four family caregivers were awarded over $4,000 each over the ﬁrst two years of the event.
In 2012, in honor of his father, the Kenneth A. Smaltz, Sr. Foundation was founded —— a 501c3, for the cure and care of Alzheimer’s disease. Ken’s objective is to advocate for the importance of social adult day programs and their beneﬁts for participants and their caregivers. With this in mind the foundation raises money to provide support for families who cannot afford to send their parents to these centers.