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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 24, 2009

Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers Grant for Innovative Service

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that it will be accepting applications for a $25,000 grant to support an innovative program or service that improves the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.

AFA made the announcement as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise nationwide, leaving communities hard-pressed to meet the needs of families affected by the brain disorder.

This marks the fifth straight year that AFA will award The Brodsky Grant, which honors AFA’s chairman, Bert Brodsky, and his wife, Muriel.

“Each year the Brodsky Grant recognizes a standout organization whose best practices show a dedication to finding new ways to enhance quality of life and respond to the ever-changing landscape of caring for those with the brain disorder,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

Hall explained that AFA looks to fund a program that is innovative, meets the greatest need, and can be successfully put into practice and later replicated in other communities.

The grant process is open only to AFA’s nonprofit member organizations, and applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2009. To find out more about AFA membership and AFA’s grant programs, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

In 2008, AFA awarded The Brodsky Grant to People Animals Love (PAL), Washington, D.C., which sends volunteer teams of certified dogs and their handlers to retirement homes, nursing facilities and other sites to provide pet therapy. Previous grants funded a caregiver outreach program, a documentary about individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome, and the development of meaningful care tools that nurture the human spirit of individuals with dementia and their care partners in the home and community-care environment.

In addition to The Brodsky Grant, AFA awards grants twice a year, in the spring and fall, to multiple AFA member organizations for programs and services that improve quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of 950 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484