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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 17, 2010

National Dementia Group Recognizes a Dozen New Jersey Healthcare Professionals

NEW YORK, NY— Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), the membership and training division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), recently bestowed its inaugural A.C.E. (Ability, Compassion, Excellence) Awards to a dozen New Jersey healthcare professionals for providing exceptional care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The honorees are Paulette D. Cranwell, RN, director and nurse consultant at Family Service of Morris County Adult Day Centers, Morristown; Ruth Funderburk, concierge at Parker at Stonegate Assisted Living Residence, Highland Park; Juan Grana, DC, administrator of SarahCare Adult Day Care, North Plainfield; Shakerrah Guthridge, a program/dietary aide at Golden Years Care of Freehold; Tina Harris, LPN, a nursing supervisor at Green Acres Manor, Toms River; Adrianne T. Hill, a community relations counselor at Spring Hills Somerset; Helen Ljutich, a recreational therapist at Castle Hill Health Care Center, Union City; Natalie Macaro, program director at Parker at The Pavilion Adult Day Center, Highland Park; Yoconda Porchea, a resident caregiver at Arden Courts of Wayne; Margery Rowe, a lead certified nursing assistant at CareOne at Dunroven, Cresskill; Raymunda Sindac, an activities assistant at Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living, Toms River; and Karen Vathis, a certified nursing assistant at Riverview Estates, Riverton.

DCPA honored the recipients, who were nominated by their supervisors or co-workers, at a luncheon on October 12 at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ. State Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-NJ), vice chairman of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, was on hand at the luncheon to address attendees and co-present the awards with DCPA’s director.

For this year’s program, DCPA sought nominees from care-related organizations throughout New Jersey. DCPA is a membership organization for dementia care professionals and offers practical training, continuing education and qualification in an effort to raise the bar on dementia care in the United States. Nominees were not required to be DCPA members.

“While these honorees fulfill different responsibilities at their organizations, they all exemplify what it takes to be a top-notch dementia care professional,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO. “Their compassion and a desire to go above and beyond shine a bright light for individuals with dementia and their families.”

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 1,400 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hotline, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit

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