AFA is proud to provide bi-annual grants to AFA nonprofit member organizations so they can better serve their communities.
Fall 2012 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: AiJalan Inc., Adult Day Health Center, Stone Mountain, GA
Program: To continue a scholarship program for the elderly, including people with dementia, who cannot afford to attend the adult day program, and to fund a new therapeutic garden program that will enable clients to enjoy nature and participate in gardening activities.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Family Organization, New Port Richey, FL
Program: To support a respite care assistance program that reimburses organization members in Lake, Sumter and Southern Marion Counties up to $500 for respite services over a 12-month period.
Organization: Arts & Minds, Inc., New York, NY
Program: To initiate “Creative Caregiving Through Cultural Connections,” a pilot program involving workshops and museum visits that will provide family and professional caregivers with training on understanding dementia and person-centered strategies for incorporating art to stimulate connections and interactions with people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Organization: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Lenoir, NC
Program: To expand a program, piloted at long-term facilities, into the homes of individuals with end-stage dementia that provides training to interdisciplinary staff and volunteers, and support and services, such as “sensory kits,” to clients and family caregivers in an effort to improve quality of life and decrease hopelessness.
Organization: Day Haven Adult Day Services, Ronkonkoma, NY
Program: To convert adjacent classroom space to accommodate additional clients in its dementia-specific adult day program, complete with a caregiver resource room, quiet space for participants, kitchenette and handicapped-accessible bathrooms.
Organization: FiftyForward, Nashville, TN
Program: To continue its delivery of interactive music programming, which includes free monthly concerts and in-home performances by local musicians that engage room-bound and home-bound groups and individuals with dementia.
Organization: The Gathering Place, Sheboygan Falls, WI
Program: To staff its Inspiring Now project, a creative expression program that includes art, dramatic arts, music and creative writing to fully engage participants with memory loss at its adult day services program.
Organization: Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA
Program: To fund a scholarship program that enables older lower-income adults with moderate to severe dementia attend the Ruth Ann Rosenberg Adults Day Services program regardless of their ability to pay.
Organization: Memory Matters, Hilton Head Island, SC
Program: To provide respite care to 15 low-income family caregivers so their loved ones with dementia can attend the agency’s day services program.
Organization: Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Program: To support efforts of the Door County Medical Clinic, operating under the guidance of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary services to individuals with dementia and their caregivers, including physician-led evaluation and diagnosis, and access to education and support.
Organization: Pastime Club, Inc., Minocqua, WI
Program: To purchase computer equipment and other supplies, and obtain additional space in order to expand its adult day services for people with early memory loss or dementia from a part-time to full-time program.
Organization: Porterville Adult Day Services, Porterville, CA
Program: To fund nutritional lunches to clients who attend its Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center.
Organization: Senior Concerns, Thousand Oaks, CA
Program: To enable the agency to provide 500 scholarship hours to low- and moderate-income families in Ventura County who could not otherwise afford to attend its adult day program serving people with severe dementia.
Organization: Sno-Valley Senior Center and Adult Day Health Program, Carnation, WA
Program: To service family caregivers in this rural area by offering scholarships for loved ones to attend its adult day program, and providing free books for its “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes.
Spring 2012 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Inc., Orlando, FL
Program: To expand the organization’s education offerings by introducing a new caregiver training program for the community, “ABCs of Caregiving,” so that family caregivers can increase their skill levels.
Organization: Friendship House (Brain Disorder Support Foundation), DeFuniak Springs, FL
Program: To support Project Together, a program of services available to families in Walton County who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease to help individuals remain at home longer and to educate families and the public.
Organization: Lutheran Social Services of the South, Austin, TX
Program: To support the Buena Vida Adult Day Center, which provides coordinated services to indigent, elderly and disabled adults, as well as respite to caregivers.
Organization: Mental Health of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
Program: To support the Rural In-Home Caregiver Education program, which addresses the needs of caregivers of diagnosed individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive dementias living in rural counties that lack resources and support services.
Organization: SAGE Eldercare, Inc., Summit, NJ
Program: To support Spend-A-Day Adult Health Center, which aims to preserve independence and prevent institutionalization for seniors who are disabled or cognitively impaired through intellectual and physical stimulation, health monitoring and social interaction, while providing support and respite for their caregivers.
Organization: St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Inc., Leonardtown, MD
Program: To expand the Resident Choice Meal Plan Program by installing finishing kitchens on each nursing unit so meals can be prepared in the presence of the residents, allowing them the opportunity to watch, smell and participate in the meal preparation.