Recipients of The AFA Innovation Grant
AFA is proud to provide its annual AFA Innovation Grant to a deserving AFA nonprofit member organization.
2012 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: CJE SeniorLife, Chicago
Program: Develop an app downloadable to a smart phone, tablet or home computer that will present themed, interactive modules featuring selected artwork from the Art Institute of Chicago and arts-related activities, such as drawing and sculpting, in order to serve as a “conversation piece” between caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, stimulate normalized interaction and encourage self-expression.
2011 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge, LA
Program: Distribute 40 “Recollection Collection Kits” to long-term care facilities in the greater Baton Rouge area to utilize with people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The kits include a guide to person-centered activities for residents, and a list of support groups and other community resources for family caregivers.
2010 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association, Columbia, MD
Program: Refine a pilot program in which dance/movement therapists and adult educators train caregivers in nonverbal communication techniques, and develop a manual and an instructional video to train dance therapists from across the country who will in turn teach the approach to caregivers of individuals with dementia.
2009 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., New York, NY
Program: Incorporate into its social model adult day programcognitively and physically stimulating activities designed to help people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses retain mental and physical perception. The activities utilize technology-based and non-technological resources, such as music therapy, computer learning, Nintendo Wii, and two cognitive exercise systems—Neurobics and the Dakim BrainFitness System.
2008 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: People Animals Love (PAL), Washington, D.C.
Program: Enable the organization to train more volunteers and increase its pet therapy visitation program to older adults by 30 percent in the Washington, D.C. area. PAL’s volunteer teams of certified dogs and their handlers visit retirement homes, nursing facilities, hospitals and other sites in order to provide pet therapy to sick, lonely and forgotten adults and children.
2007 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: Rampart Group, Inc. dba Senior Care of Brevard, Cocoa, FL
Program: Provide crisis intervention services to families and individual and group counseling to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as link these clients to appropriate information and resources, such as medical updates, financial and legal counsel, and home safety compliance, as the disease progresses.
2006 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: The Kennedy Center, Inc., Trumbull, CT
Program: Develop a short documentary that will provide education about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down syndrome, as well as highlight efforts involving research, advocacy and a holistic model of care that will maintain respect and dignity for these individuals.
2005 AFA Innovation Grant
Organization: The Eden Alternative, Sherburne, NY
Program: Develop “Eden at Home’s Core Concepts Training,” a program that will provide specific tools to improve quality of life in the home and community-care environment for individuals with dementia and their care partners, such as family, friends and volunteers. Eden at Home will extend Eden’s core philosophy that everyone has a gift to share regardless of physical or cognitive challenges.