FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 8, 2010
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Competition
New York, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is putting out a call to teens to get out their video cameras and record their personal stories related to Alzheimer’s disease for AFA’s inaugural AFA Teens Video Competition.
The competition asks teens to record a two minute video that gives thoughtful consideration to “a moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.”
The competition offers a $500 grand prize and $250 for the runner-up. The annual deadline is December 1.
As the number of teenagers who experience Alzheimer’s disease in their own families or communities continues to grow along with the escalating incidence of the brain disorder nationwide, the contest is part of AFA’s efforts through its AFA Teens division to educate and raise awareness among teens across America and provide a creative outlet to express their emotions.
“Alzheimer’s disease impacts entire families, not just the individual with the disease, and its emotional toll can be enormous on everyone affected. Our new video contest is another creative tool in our toolbox to help teens cope with what they are experiencing around them,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.
AFA also offers an annual AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship competition asks teens to write an essay that explains how Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted their lives and what they have learned about themselves, their families and/or their communities in the face of coping with Alzheimer’s disease. The deadline is February 15.
For more details about both competitions, and to download an application or apply online, visit www.afateens.org.
In addition to these competitions, AFA Teens features a Web site that includes information about the disease, a blog and message board for teens to express their thoughts and share experiences with peers, and encourages teens to establish AFA Teens chapters in their communities. For more information, visit www.afateens.org.
Currently, it is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 70 percent are cared for at home by multiple caregivers. In the United States, 1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 are caregivers, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common condition of care recipients, according to a study by the National Alliance for Caregiving.
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 hot line, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg