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

NEW YORK, NY — As part of its mission to acknowledge the efforts of those involved in Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) is seeking nominations for its second annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award.

DCPA, a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), will recognize an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance that exceeds expectations, and a dedicated commitment to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The deadline for applications for the 2008 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2008. A 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

“This is our way of recognizing those who go above and beyond and who face each day with a desire to provide the best in care despite the enormous challenges posed by this disease,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

Hall said he hopes an award like this also encourages others to enter this profession. At the same time that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 16 million Americans by mid-century, a number of reports cite a shortage in healthcare professionals caring for the aging population, including those with dementia.

“We want to let dementia care professionals know that what they do matters each and every day,” Hall said.

Last year, DCPA named Cynthia Heafy, a certified elder crime practitioner with the Coral Springs (FL) Police Department in Florida, as the first recipient of the award.

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. Its nearly 3,000 members include social workers, nurses, home health aides and other healthcare professionals.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that is focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.orgor call 866-232-8484.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  866.232.8484