FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 3, 2009
Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers Support Group for Young Onset Dementia
NEW YORK, NY - For individuals diagnosed with young onset dementia, it may seem as though they are the only ones facing this rare form of the disease.
Now, they will have an opportunity to share experiences when the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) hosts a free support group specifically for individuals with young onset dementia. The group will meet every other week beginning September 15 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at AFA’s headquarters, 322 8 th Avenue, New York.
The support group, facilitated by one of AFA licensed social workers, will enable participants to learn how to plan for the future, discuss concerns and feelings about the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s disease, and gain a greater understanding of the disease.
“These support sessions will build an invaluable network of community members. Strong support is vital when facing a disease like dementia, especially at such a young age,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.
For more information and to register, contact AFA at 866-232-8484.
It is estimated that half a million people have been diagnosed with young onset dementia, which affects people as young as in their 30’s and 40’s. More commonly, Alzheimer’s disease affects individuals 65 and older. Age is the greatest known risk factor for the brain disorder, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
The new service is made possible with support from the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 1,200 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. AFA’s services include a toll-free helpline, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg