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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 11, 2011

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

NEW YORK, NY—Whether working at long-term care facilities, adult day centers, non-profit organizations or other settings, there are dementia care professionals who go above and beyond their normal duties every day in caring for people with dementia. Now there is an opportunity to recognize these professionals by nominating them for Dementia Care Professionals of America’s (DCPA) 5 th Annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year.”

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 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2011. 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.

“Our goal is to acknowledge dedicated professionals who give their all to the people they care for, and to encourage other professionals to follow their lead. This award recognizes the importance of raising the bar on dementia care,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

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 Julie Brewer, a program coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area of Baton Rouge, LA, as the 2010 Dementia Care Professional of the Year.

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 5,500 social workers, nurses, home health aides and other healthcare professionals have undergone DCPA training.

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 and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line, e-mail, Skype, and live chat; 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

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