AFA is proud to provide bi-annual grants to AFA nonprofit member organizations so they can better serve their communities.
Fall 2011 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: Alzheimer’s Community Care, West Palm Beach, FL
Program: To provide disaster kits to vulnerable families caring for a loved one with dementia, which are designed to enhance the safety of both individuals with the disease and caregivers, and to decrease agitation or other behavioral challenges that can result from the disruption of the individual’s normal routine.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Brooklyn, NY
Program: To develop a Memory Arts Café, which will provide a safe and welcoming environment where artists of all genres will collaborate to create and perform work with/for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their family members.
Organization: FiftyForward, Nashville, TN
Program: To support the Music for Seniors program, which provides monthly performances that pair professional musicians with senior centers, day programs, retirement facilities and individual home-bound senior adults for interactive programs.
Organization: Inspirit, Inc., Lake Worth, FL
Program: To support the Alzheimer’s Outreach Program, which provides live performances at day service centers in Palm Beach County through collaboration with other nonprofit organizations.
Organization: Northeast Senior Health, Beverly, MA
Program: To support the Essential Caregiver Program, a free training program and toolkit that specifically addresses the daily needs of the informal family caregiver.
Organization: People Inc., Williamsville, NY
Program: To create a Sensory/Snoezelen Room in which participants can explore simple, gentle stimulation of sight, touch and sound in a self-directed, failure-free, non-threatening environment designed to heighten awareness and enjoyment.
Organization: Southeast Health Foundation, Cape Girardeau, MO
Program: To supply—at no charge to persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease nationwide—a Alzheimer’s Resource Kit, which contains various items that provide comfort and a sense of purpose, and results in enjoyment, less agitation, and better rest for the individual and ease of care for the caregiver.
Organization: The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, Summerville, SC
Program: To support the NOAH Project, a community outreach effort to assist small towns, rural communities and underserved urban areas in developing their own services to help families challenged by geography, poverty, transportation and cultural barriers to dementia care.
Organization: The Community Family, Everett, MA
Program: To support the Early Stage Alzheimer’s Support Program, which will create new ways to address the needs of individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
Organization: Volunteer Information Referral Service Respite Care, Rock Springs, WY
Program: To provide quality, affordable in-home care to families who may not be able to afford institutional or private care for their loved ones.
Spring 2011 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Program: To support the organization’s continence product scholarship program, which is designed to enable people with dementia remain at home for as long as physically and financially possible.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Support Center, Janesville, WI
Program: To expand its services to better serve the Latino community in Rock County, WI by conducting a needs assessment of the Latino population, creating an advisory council, developing printed materials and a Web site in Spanish, and conducting outreach to the Latino population to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and available services.
Organization: Autauga, Montgomery, Elmore Seniors, Inc. (AMES, Inc.), Montgomery, AL
Program: To develop and coordinate a statewide Elder Justice Coalition in partnership with the Central Alabama Aging Consortium to address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, including developing a comprehensive training kit; certifying volunteers and partners to educate professional and family caregivers of people with dementia; and developing a public awareness campaign.
Organization: Briteside Adult Day Center, Inc., Flemington, NJ
Program: To help expand the adult day center’s Healthy Oasis for Memory Enhancement (HOME) program, which uses various assessment tools and specific activities that promote cognitive functioning and memory enhancement.
Organization: Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE), Chicago, IL
Program: To fund scholarships to participants in CJE’s adult day center’s weekly “Culture Bus” program, which alternates between arts-related field trips and interactive creative arts activities for people in the early stages of dementia.
Organization: Eden Alternative Inc., Rochester, NY
Program: T o develop a “model of care” training course for care partners on how to create well-being and meaningful engagement while minimizing the use of psychotropic medication, based on the leading edge work of Dr. G. Allen Power, author of “Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care.”
Organization: Family Service of Morris County, Morristown, NJ
Program: To provide financial support for scholarships so that low-income older adults at various stages of dementia can attend the agency’s Therapeutic Adult Day Programs.
Organization: North Carolina Botanical Garden of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Program: To develop the “Rosemary for Remembrance” horticultural therapy program for persons with memory impairment and their caregivers.
Organization: Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, New Hyde Park, NY
Program: To enhance its art therapy program for people with dementia and provide the necessary supplies for art projects at its day services center.
Organization: Senior Access Adult Day Services, San Rafael, CA
Program: To support the organization’s “Holding Time: The Art of Forgetfulness” program.