AFA is proud to provide bi-annual grants to AFA nonprofit member organizations so they can better serve their communities.
Fall 2007 Recipients
Organization: Alzheimer Society of Washington, Bellingham, WA
Program: Providing a weekly support group for people newly diagnosed with early memory loss or early dementia, providing these individuals with physical activities, educational programs and intellectual stimulation.
Organization: Alzheimer's Poetry Project, New York, NY
Program: Expanding the Alzheimer's Poetry Project into New York City schools by instructing students in the use of poetry with individuals with dementia; increasing cross-generational interaction between students and people living with Alzheimer's disease; and, through experience in working in assisted living facilities and adult day centers, encouraging students to enter the health care field.
Organization: Alzheimer's Wyoming, Casper, WY
Program: Maintaining “Supporting Hands,” a service that provides help and information to family caregivers through email, free materials, a video/book lending library, support groups, health fairs, presentations, and training.
Organization: Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA
Program: Supporting a lunch club and fitness group, where caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can take part in a meal and activity program and/or a small movement and fitness class.
Organization: Just Friends Outreach Program, Inc., Georgetown, TX
Program: Purchasing electronic equipment, books and supplies, and covering costs of mailings and advertising to continue informational and training sessions at no cost for church organizations interested in establishing respite programs.
Organization: LifeCare Medical Center (formerly Roseau Area Hospital & Homes), Rouseau , MN
Program: Developing a program that will educate clergy, congregations and communities about caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and start lay care teams within each congregation to support caregivers.
Organization: Saline County Sheriff 's Search and Rescue, Benton, AR
Program: Purchasing equipment and covering other costs associated with its Project Lifesaver search and rescue team.
Organization: The ARK, Summerville, SC
Program: Providing scholarships for fees and transportation services for evening respite programs, supporting educational resources and publicizing support group activities.
Spring 2007 Recipients
Organization: A New Day Adult Day Services, Auburn, IN
Program: Increasing community outreach efforts that focus on educating caregivers and increasing public awareness about the organization's services in an effort to increase program participation.
Organization: Adult Day Care of San Angelo, Inc., San Angelo, TX
Program: Expanding its client assistance fund program that offers respite to caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's disease.
Organization: Alzheimer's Community Care, West Palm Beach, FL
Program: Sustaining a prescription assistance program, which includes oversight of a client's medications by a nurse consultant and maintaining an emergency prescription voucher fund for those individuals unable to afford medications for Alzheimer's disease.
Organization: Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge, LA
Program: Completing construction of an outdoor garden and courtyard at the organization's new respite center to provide outdoor stimulation and activities to clients with dementia.
Organization: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Centennial, CO
Program: Purchasing additional wristband transmitters and replacement batteries for new and existing clients as part of the Project Lifesaver program to track wanderers.
Organization: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Bolivia, NC
Program: Doubling the number of clients involved in the Project Lifesaver rapid response program through the purchase of additional transmitters, batteries and other tracking equipment.
Organization: Concordia Lutheran Ministries Adult Day Services, Cabot, PA
Program: Adding more program rooms in order to increase the number of clients participating in the adult day program.
Organization: Idaho Commission on Aging, Boise, ID
Program: Expanding the agency's “Stand By You” program, which provides education, counseling and respite to those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Organization: Henrico County Division of Fire, Richmond, VA
Program: Outfitting an additional rescue team to locate missing persons as part of the Project Lifesaver program.
Organization: James L. West Alzheimer Center, Fort Worth, TX
Program: Offering a two-day training and certification program to home care workers and companion sitters on communication and other skills to better care for individuals in the home setting.
Organization: Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, South Hill, VA
Program: Training of administrative and direct care personnel using AFA's Dementia Care Professionals of America DVD training program.
Organization: Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC), Franklin, MA
Program: Purchasing headlamps for ground search personnel who are conducting search and rescue missions as part of the Project Lifesaver program.
Organization: NJF Center for Caregivers, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ
Program: Offsetting the cost of training and travel for staff participating in AFA's Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction, and expenses associated with local marketing of the center's caregiver services.
Organization: Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Plymouth, MA
Program: Purchasing equipment to expand Project Lifesaver into additional territories, and introducing a public awareness campaign about the rapid response program.
Organization: Project Lifesaver of Wakulla County, Crawfordville, FL
Program: Purchasing additional wristband transmitters to expand its program that tracks individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses who have gone missing.
Organization: Saint Mary's Home of Erie, Erie, PA
Program: Funding participation by some of its nurses in a gerontology course so they can obtain gerontological certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Organization: Senior Day Services of El Dorado County, Placerville, CA
Program: Establishing a satellite day program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers in the western part of the county.
Organization: Sherman Senior Health Services, Inc., Sherman, TX
Program: Establishing a caregiver resource center at the Community Specialty Hospital of Sherman.
Organization: Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center, Carnation, WA
Program: Offering counseling and emotional support to geographically isolated elders and their family caregivers, providing training to 100 family caregivers and establishing a caregiver support group.
Organization: St. Mary's Nursing Center, Inc., Leonardtown, MD
Program: Introducing a resident choice meal plan in the facility's five nursing units.