Former Flushing House Resident Services Director Anna Marie Canadeo Wins LeadingAge New York 2013 "Employee Of Distinction" Award

Aug 21, 2013, 13:51 ET from Flushing House

FLUSHING, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anna M. Canadeo, former Resident Services Director of Flushing House, will receive the LeadingAge New York 2013 "Employee Of Distinction" Award on Thursday, August 29th at a 12:00 Noon ceremony at Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY.  Kristen Myers, LeadingAge New York Senior Director of Member Services, will present the award to Canadeo. 


Nominations were sought for LeadingAge New York's 13th annual "Employee of Distinction" Awards to recognize the extraordinary dedication of front-line staff from member facilities.  Members of the New York State Legislature, state regulatory agencies, advocacy agencies, plus other groups, served on the awards committee to review the nominations.  A check for $100 will be presented to Canadeo and to each of the 18 award winners from throughout New York State.  Canadeo will also receive a certificate from NYS Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), for her extraordinary life-time dedication to serving older adults.

Canadeo has been working in the Gerontology field since 1973, when she began her career at the United Presbyterian Residence (UPR) in Syosset.  Her experience included working in social services at the UPR nursing home, then as admissions director for the 700-bed facility.  She came to Flushing House in 1989, which was connected with UPR at that time.  As resident services director, her department at Flushing House provided social services for residents and their family members.  She acted as the liaison for issues of concern to residents, families and outside agencies, such as social workers, caregivers, physicians, hospitals and nursing homes.  She assisted residents in calls and letter writing to agencies such as Medicare, Social Security, assisting residents with health insurance claims, etc.

She was involved in the formation of the 6th floor "Cluster Care" program with an independent home health care agency, providing services for residents.  She also established groups such as YANA (You Are Not Alone - a bereavement support group), Meditation, and Chapel Services for all faiths.  She headed the Flushing House Interfaith Chapel, arranging all services for Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths.

Canadeo developed the Flushing House Honeys - a Red Hat Chapter from the National Red Hat Society - for women over 50, providing fun, informative lectures, flea markets and raising money for local worthy causes.  She gave many presentations at Senior Groups and taught an Aging Course at Nassau Community College.  A resident of Oyster Bay, Canadeo retired from Flushing House in July of 2013 and is 72 years young!  (Rev. Anna Marie Canadeo is an Interfaith Minister of the New Seminary in New York City, and is available to assist other Older Adult agencies with their own support group programs.  Please contact her at: • Home- 516-628-3480 • Cell- 516-458-7654) 

LeadingAge New York was founded in 1961.  LeadingAge New York, formerly the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), represents not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care providers, including nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and community service providers. Leading Age New York's more than 600 members employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually.

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