FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 1, 2011
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold Second Annual Video Competition
NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is calling on teens to create a short video that creatively expresses their personal stories related to Alzheimer’s disease as part of its 2 nd annual AFA Teens Video Competition.
The unique 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. Applicants must be 13 to 19.
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, as well as help them deal with the emotional toll of the disease.
“Teens coping with Alzheimer’s disease in their families are often closemouthed about the situation, but they can benefit enormously from expressing their feelings. This competition offers a creative outlet for teens to both relay their experiences and help other teens who might be in the same shoes,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s founding president and chief executive officer.
Last year, the contest’s grand prize winner, Margaret Yan of Orlando, created a video aimed at, in her words, “trying to symbolically capture the hopelessness that a family member or a friend might feel once losing their loved ones to Alzheimer's disease.” The winning videos are posted on www.afateens.org.
Providing another vehicle for teens to express their thoughts on this subject, AFA also offers an annual AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship. Now in its fifth year, the scholarship competition asks college-bound students 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 the brain disorder. The deadline is February 15.
For details and applications for both competitions, and to learn more about the AFA Teens division, visit www.afateens.org.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 80 percent are cared for at home by multiple caregivers, including teens and young adults. The disease results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
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