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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 9, 2009

National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY — There are many healthcare professionals who go above and beyond each day to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. It is the efforts of these individuals that Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) seeks to recognize in calling for nominations for its third annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award.

DCPA, a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), will recognize an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance that exceeds expectations, and a dedicated commitment to people diagnosed with dementia.

The deadline for applications for the 2009 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2009. The professional can be nominated by peers, colleagues, employers, clients or clients’ families. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with DCPA or AFA. For more information and an application, visit www.careprofessionals.org.

“With this award, we hope to shine a light on an exceptional professional who works hard each day to go that extra mile for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and whose skills and compassion set an example for others,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

Hall said he hopes an honor like this also encourages others to enter this profession, especially in light of a projected chronic shortage of healthcare professionals caring for the elderly, including those with dementia. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by mid-century.

DCPA introduced the award in 2007 and last year recognized Madaleine Lippert of Ferndale, WA, an educational consultant and support group facilitator, as the second recipient.

DCPA is a membership organization for dementia care professionals and offers practical training, continuing education and qualification as AFA Dementia Care Providers and AFA Dementia Care Specialists. Its nearly 3,500 members include social workers, nurses, home health aides and other healthcare professionals.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that is focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. Its services include a toll-free hot line staffed by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine, National Memory Screening Day and national standards of excellence for dementia care settings. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-232-8484.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484