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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 18, 2011

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Challenges Teens to Volunteer Across America this Summer

NEW YORK, NY—In an effort to engage teens nationwide in community service that benefits individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and families, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today issued the “AFA Teens Volunteer Across America Challenge.”

The inaugural competition challenges teens to log at least 50 hours of service related to the cause from May 31 to August 31 and write an essay that reflects on their experience.

Teens across America have been volunteering more than ever during the last two decades, according to recent studies, and as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to escalate, AFA is issuing this challenge to continue to bridge the intergenerational divide.

The brain disorder, which impairs memory and other intellectual functions, currently affects as many as 5.1 million Americans, mostly aged 65 and older. A rarer form of the disease impacts adults as young as in their 30’s and 40’s, many of whom can be parents of teens themselves.

“Our goals are to encourage teens to recognize how rewarding it is to give back and to help grow a dedicated new wave of volunteers who can make an impact on the Alzheimer’s community,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.

Among AFA’s suggestions for meaningful volunteer efforts are: assisting at an adult day center, assisted living residence, nursing home or other care facility; regularly engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease, including family members, in various types of recreational activities like singing, doing puzzles, making scrapbooks, etc.; or organizing a book drive or car wash to raise funds for a local facility or agency.

The winner and runner-up will receive an apple iPad. For complete guidelines and application materials, visit www.afateens.org. The deadline is September 12.

The competition is part of AFA’s overall efforts through its AFA Teens division to educate and engage the younger generation in this important cause. AFA Teens’ Web site includes information, a message board to connect teens with peers, and a college scholarship, as well as suggestions on other ways to volunteer and get involved, including setting up AFA Teens chapters at their schools or local agencies in their communities.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 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 counseling by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line and Skype, 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
Phone: 866-AFA-8484