Alzheimer's Foundation of America Media Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 2, 2014
ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NAMES CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR. TO CEO POST
Former New York State Senator to Amplify Organization's Care-Related Mission
NEW YORK (January 2, 2014) — Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Chairman Bert E. Brodsky announced today that Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., an eight-term New York state senator, has been appointed chief executive officer of the leading national nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to optimal care for individuals with dementia and their families.
"It is with great pride that I announce Charles Fuschillo's appointment as chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America," said Brodsky. "With Chuck at the helm, we are poised to expand the foundation's services to benefit even more people at a time when AFA's services have never been more critical."
Fuschillo, who served New York's 8th Senate District, on Long Island, noted that he is ready for a new challenge. "Joining AFA as the new CEO presents an exciting opportunity to improve the lives of others and effect change in a disease state that is reaching crisis proportions," Fuschillo said.
During his tenure in the senate, Fuschillo authored more than 200 state laws, including some of the country's toughest laws related to drunk driving, as well as the state's landmark Do Not Call Registry, insurance protections for people with autism, New York State's Clean Indoor Air Act to make worksites and public places smoke free, and tools to protect consumers from identity theft. He most recently chaired the Senate's Transportation Committee, and was a member of numerous committees, including health.
Prior to his long political career, Fuschillo, a resident of Merrick, N.Y., served as the chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency serving Long Island and New York City.
Headquartered in New York, AFA provides education and care-related programs and services for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their caregivers and families. Among its core services are a toll-free helpline, staffed by licensed social workers; training for healthcare professionals; an award-winning division to educate and engage teens; AFA Care Quarterly, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and National Memory Screening Day, a groundbreaking initiative that realized record participation last November. AFA's advocacy efforts have resulted in recommendations included in the historic "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease" and the inclusion of detection of cognitive impairment in the Medicare Annual Wellness Exam.
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About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit 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 a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter (@alzfdn), and “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica).
Contact: Amanda (Hirschhorn) Secor