FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 13, 2010
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Names Bellingham Activist to Board of Trustees
NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently named Josselyn Winslow, co-founder and volunteer executive director of the Bellingham-based Alzheimer Society of Washington, to its board of trustees.
AFA is a national nonprofit organization based in New York that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. The Alzheimer Society of Washington was one of AFA’s initial six founding organizations in 2002; today, AFA has 1,400 member organizations nationwide.
“It is an honor to be asked to join AFA’s board because they are working at a national level to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, improve care and advocate for more support for caregivers,” Winslow said.
Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer, said that AFA values “the perspective and commitment Ms. Winslow brings to the board.”
“As a long-time and dedicated care advocate, she is so in tune with the needs of this population and is well-positioned to assist us as we meet increasing demands for our programs and services across the country,” he said.
Winslow along with other family members of people with dementia co-founded the Alzheimer Society of Washington in 1980 while she was caring for her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. It has grown into the area’s leading Alzheimer’s agency, providing resources, educational workshops, professional training, memory screenings and support groups, including a new program for people with early memory loss, called Staying Connected.
Winslow remains just as passionate about the cause today.
“As a family member of a person who had dementia, I know how difficult it is to provide care. Once you have learned from experience, it is rewarding to share with others to help them on their dementia journey,” she said.
For more information about the Alzheimer Society of Washington, call 360-671-3316or visit www.alzsociety.org
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 1,400 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional and practical needs of families. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org
Contact: Carol Steinberg