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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | JULY 23, 2003



Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation Forms Strategic Partnership with Alzheimer's Foundation of America; Alliance Provides Expert Services, Resources to Alzheimer's Community

MIAMI, FL – Sept. 3, 2003 - The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) announced today they have formed a strategic partnership. The alliance will build on the similar missions of both organizations: to provide quality services that support those coping daily with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. Both groups emphasize early diagnosis for individuals suffering from memory disorders, and optimal “care” for individuals with the disease, as well as their caregivers and other family members.

The two foundations plan to exchange board members; collaborate on programs, advocacy and fundraising campaigns; and participate in each other's events.

“The timing is perfect for this alliance,” said Leeza Gibbons, founder and board chair of the Memory Foundation. “Both organizations are growing rapidly due in part to answering the urgent need in the community for services and programs to help with the day-to-day struggles that come with memory disorders.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with an organization like the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation that shares our vision and commitment to those struggling with dementia, and their families,” said Bert Brodsky, chairman of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. “This relationship further strengthens our resolve to enhance the level of care and emotional support for these individuals, and to bring the need for supportive services to the national forefront.”

The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation is the manifestation of Leeza's vision for a better standard of care for patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders. The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, through its signature program Leeza's Place seeks to educate, empower and energize both caregivers and the recently diagnosed. Leeza's Place integrates educational approaches, connective social activities, emotional support, and intergenerational programming. The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation is dedicated to supporting the day-to-day needs of caregivers and the diagnosed, and is committed to a realistic and coordinated national strategy for finding a cure. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3); all donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and its affiliated programs, visit www.memoryfoundation.org or call 1-888-“OK”-LEEZA.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on “care in addition to cure” for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, by providing optimal care and services that improve quality of life with those confronting dementia, and for their caregivers and families. Founded in February 2002, AFA unites member organizations from coast-to-coast to collaborate on resources, program design, legislative advocacy and fundraising campaigns. AFA, through its member organizations, provides cutting-edge education and hands-on social services, including a national resource and referral network, adult day services programs, in-home and overnight respite care, comprehensive diagnosis and counseling centers, and multilingual conferences. For more information about AFA and its member organizations, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 1-866-AFA-8484.



Contact: Carol Steinberg
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