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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 20, 2010

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

NEW YORK, NY — Do you know a healthcare professional who works tirelessly to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families? Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) seeks to recognize these individuals in calling for nominations for its fourth annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award.

DCPA, a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), each year bestows the award to 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 2010 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2010. 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 focus attention on in the caring acts of healthcare professionals and their invaluable contribution to improving quality of life for the increasing number of individuals with dementia,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “Past entries have highlighted the selflessness and passion of professionals caring for the dementia population.”

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. Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and the incidence is expected to escalate in line with the nation’s aging population.

Last year, DCPA recognized Karen Bridges a licensed practical nurse and the healthcare coordinator and center coordinator at an adult day center in Shelby, NC that is operated by Life Enrichment Center Adult Day Care and Health Service.

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. More than 4,500 social workers, nurses, home health aides and other healthcare professionals have undergone DCPA training.

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

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  866.232.8484
www.alzfdn.org