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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 9, 2012

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

NEW YORK, NY — Each day, many healthcare professionals across the country go above and beyond to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. Whether working at long-term care facilities, adult day centers, non-profit organizations or other settings, an opportunity to recognize these professionals is now available by nominating them for Dementia Care Professionals of America’s (DCPA) 6th 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 2012 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2012. 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.

“DCPA’s mission is to raise the bar and set the standards of excellence in dementia care. With this award, we are identifying that exceptional individual who is making a difference, changing the field of practice for the better, and is going above and beyond for those in need,” 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 Cordula Dick Muehlke, Ph.D., currently d irector of e ducation at the University of California – Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders in Irvine, CA , as the 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year. At the time of the award, she was executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services Center (AFSC) in Huntington Beach, CA.

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 6,300 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