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NEW YORK (July 8, 2014) —Know an outstanding dementia care professional? Nominate that deserving person for "Dementia Care Professional of the Year."

Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), holds this competition to honor an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance that exceeds expectations, and dedication to people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses.

The seventh annual competition is for dementia care professionals of all types, including home health aides, social workers, recreational therapists, nurses and doctors.

"Each year, we are proud to recognize a top dementia care professional for going above and beyond to provide exceptional care, comfort and assurance to people affected by this devastating disease," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's chief executive officer.

Professionals do not need to be affiliated with DCPA or AFA to be nominated and can be recommended by their peers, colleagues, employers, clients or clients' families. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014. For more information or to apply, visit

Founded in November 2004, DCPA offers membership, training, qualification and other benefits to dementia care professionals, with the goal of raising the bar on care and setting standards of excellence through unique training and qualification programs. DCPA has welcomed more than 6,800 professionals of all levels into its membership ranks—and continues to grow. The division offers comprehensive training, via DVDs, onsite and virtual, that can lead to qualification as AFA Qualified Dementia Care Providers or AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialists. For more information or to enroll, visit

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About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,700 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, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.

Contact: Amanda (Hirschhorn) Secor
Phone: 866-AFA-8484


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