AFA is proud to provide bi-annual grants to AFA nonprofit member organizations so they can better serve their communities.
Fall 2013 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: AGE of Central Texas, Austin, Texas
Program: To hire a licensed social worker and purchase equipment for a second program site, doubling the number of clients in the organization’s support program for people with early-stage memory loss.
Organization: ALPS Adult Day Services, Morristown, Tenn.
Program: To fund four cycles of a six-week evidence-based training program for caregivers, called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” with the goal of improving a family caregiver’s self-care, management of emotions and responsibilities, and use of community resources.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Program: To train healthcare employees and students in poetry techniques, and hold workshops at assisted living and adult day programs in which students and healthcare providers perform and create poems with clients, as part of a pilot project, “Poetry for Life.”
Organization: CJE Senior Life, Chicago, Ill.
Program: To expand the sensory-based engagement component of its “Purposeful Engagement Program” at its residence for people with late-stage dementia, by purchasing equipment for new sensory stations, including baby dolls and manipulative tools.
Organization: Clelian Adult Day Center, Hamden, Conn.
Program: To purchase supplies and fund staff training for a new fine arts therapy program that includes music, art, dance, theater, poetry and storytelling.
Organization: FiftyForward, Nashville, Tenn.
Program: To continue the “Music for Seniors” program, which enlists area musicians to provide live performances, room-to-room and in groups, to people with dementia at assisted living communities, nursing homes and other community sites.
Organization: forMemory, Inc., Dodgeville, Wis.
Program: To fund full and partial scholarships for youth ages 10 to 18 from low-income families to attend the one-week “Time for Us Youth Camp,” designed for youth who have family members with cognitive impairment.
Organization: Inspirit, Inc., Lake Worth, Fla.
Program: To provide 54 free musical performances at 18 day programs and assisted living facilities in Palm Beach County.
Organization: Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc., Nanuet, N.Y.
Program: To support the start of a new therapeutic arts program at a day center for cognitively-impaired adults, which will include discussions about famous artists, fine arts activities, and an art exhibit.
Organization: NeuroScience Foundation, Decatur, Ga.
Program: To expand its “Coffee and Conversations” community-based, medical education program from quarterly to monthly, and to host screenings of the “Age of Champions” documentary.
Organization: Range Respite, Virginia, Minn.
Program: To support its individual and group counseling program for family caregivers, with the objectives of reducing stress, increasing knowledge and skills, and extending continuity of care.
Organization: Rhythm Break Cares, New York, N.Y.
Program: To support the expansion of its “Dementia Tea Dances” program—an afternoon of ballroom dancing, music and social interaction offered free or at a discounted rate to people with dementia and their caregivers.
Organization: Riverstone Senior Life Services, New York, N.Y.
Program: To develop a Memory Café, which will allow people with dementia, caregivers and other guests to share experiences, information and solutions with one another, and enjoy creative activities and entertainment in the comfort of a casual café.
Organization: Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, Port Townsend, Wash.
Program: To support a songwriting program, involving song composition and performance experiences, for underserved families living with Alzheimer’s disease in four counties in the western part of Washington.
Organization: The Alzheimer's Project, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.
Program: To hire trained staff in order to expand its Gadsden County Day Respite Program from meeting twice a month to once a week.
Organization: The Guest House, Inc. Senior Health and Activities, Gainesville, Ga.
Program: To purchase new hand instruments and support the cost of a board-certified music therapist for its music therapy program for older adults with cognitive, physical or psychosocial impairments.
Organization: Wyoming Dementia Care, Casper, Wyo.
Program: To provide respite care for support groups and conduct outreach in order to expand its “Family Caregiver Services Program.”
Spring 2013 Bi-Annual Grant Recipients
Organization: Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, Huntington Beach, CA
Program: To partially cover the salary and benefits for a program aide working in the organization’s dementia-specific adult day program, in order maintain the appropriate staff-to-participant ratio.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Family Services Inc., Pensacola, FL
Program: To support the Project Lifesaver program in Northwest Florida, including using funds to purchase transmitters, batteries and wristbands, and subsidize monthly fees for families in need.
Organization: Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon, Salem, OR
Program: To expand, both in number and geographic reach, its monthly educational programs for family caregivers, professionals and individuals with dementia.
Organization: Alzheimer Society of Washington, Bellingham, WA
Program: To expand its Staying Connected program to the city of Ferndale so that residents with early-stage memory loss can benefit from weekly sessions on how to more effectively manage their condition as well as gain peer support.
Organization: Briteside Adult Day Center, Flemington, NJ
Program: To support the rollout of new monthly educational/support sessions for family caregivers, including staff time to develop program curriculum.
Organization: GEM Adult Day Services, Inc., Kill Devil Hills, NC
Program: To build on the organization’s Caring TEENS program by providing training and internships to teens who will then carry out programs involving games and crafts with individuals with memory loss.
Organization: Green County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield, MI
Program: To revitalize the Project Lifesaver program, put on hold due to budget constraints, by purchasing ten transmitter kits and one receiver, and providing training to law enforcement.
Organization: Lev Leytzan: The Compassionate Clown Alley, Inc., Lawrence, NY
Program: To train clowns, purchase costumes and specialized props, and provide therapeutic clowning visits to people with dementia as part of the organization’s ElderHearts therapeutic clowning program.
Organization: Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
Program: To provide in-home education and customized support services to family caregivers across nine rural counties in Tennessee.
Organization: Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Manassas, VA
Program: Purchasing supplies and equipment for its Project Lifesaver program to aid in the search and rescue of people with dementia who wander.
Organization: Progress Unlimited, Owings Mills, MD
Program: To purchase and install equipment to complete a Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment, which offers sensory stimuli and reminiscence, for use by clients of its adult day program and of nearby AFA member organizations.
Organization: St. John’s Institute for Cognitive Health, Jackson, WY
Program: To underwrite a 20-hour dementia-specific training program and First Aid certification/re-certification for professional caregivers of individuals with moderate to advanced dementia in Wyoming and eastern Idaho.
Organization: Senior Access Adult Day Services, San Rafael, CA
Program: To support “Reflections: the Art of Dementia,” an expressive arts therapy initiative for older adults with dementia that will include the production and exhibition of an art mural.
Organization: Stony Point Police Department, Stony Point, NY
Program: To defray costs to families for batteries, bracelets and transmitters, and to support advertising for its new Project Lifesaver program.
Organization: Union County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe, NC
Program: To purchase additional transmitters as part of the Project Lifesaver search and rescue program, and distribute them to people with a history of wandering.
Organization: VIRS Respite Care, Rock Springs, WY
Program: To distribute scholarships to clients with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias for in-home care, giving caregivers a much-needed break.