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Press Releases 2007

December 19, 2007 — Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Excellence in Dementia Care Status to First Adult Day Center, More Long-Term Care Settings

NEW YORK, NY – The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to the nation's first adult day center and three more assisted living facilities that have achieved AFA's nationwide standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related illnesses.

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December 10, 2007 — Alzheimer's Foundation of America Kicks Off Teens Initiatives
Introduces First College Scholarship and New Web Site

NEW YORK, NY—Six years ago, at the age of nine, Courtney Henley of Westbury, NY found herself in a situation unlike most other kids her age. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was only 36, and, since then, Henley has painstakingly watched her father's illness progress.

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December 6, 2007 — Alzheimer's Foundation Names New Director of Public Policy

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has appointed Susan Peschin of Rockville, MD as director of public policy, with the primary responsibility of spearheading the national organization's advocacy and legislative efforts.

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November 13, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Jewelry Puts a ‘Cause’ in Holiday Gift Giving

NEW YORK, NY—This holiday season, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is marketing the ultimate fashion statement—a sterling silver jewelry line that will make its wearers both look good and feel good.

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November 5, 2007 — Experts Call for Widespread Use of Memory Screenings and Emphasize Value of Early Detection of Dementia

NEW YORK, NY— Top experts from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today called for more widespread utilization of memory screenings, especially in light of research indicating that cases of mild and moderate dementia are not recognized often enough and that early diagnosis can lead to appropriate treatment and other positive interventions.

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October 29, 2007 — Survey Reveals Widespread Lack of Communication with Doctors about Memory Concerns
Results Released as National Memory Screening Day Nears

NEW YORK, NY— An overwhelming majority of Americans with memory concerns had not discussed this issue with their doctors despite recent visits, and an alarming number of them reported that they have other diseases that are risk factors for dementia, according to results of a survey released yesterday at a national caregiver conference hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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October 29, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Honors Dementia Care Professional of the Year

NEW YORK, NY— In Broward County, FL, the Coral Springs (FL) Police Department “has a mantra: If it involves a senior, call Cindy,” according to police officer Kerry Draddy. He’s referring to his colleague, Cynthia Heafy, a certified elder crime practitioner and certified geriatric care manager who has worked with seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia for more than a decade.

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October 23, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Holds Fifth Annual National Memory Screening Day
Record Number of Sites, including Kmart Chain, are Participating

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), drawing attention to the need for healthy aging and early detection of memory loss, is holding its fifth annual National Memory Screening Day on November 13, with a record number of sites from coast to coast offering free memory screenings.

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October 16, 2007 — Tenor Ronan Tynan to Address Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Conference
Other Events in Philadelphia, Nationwide to Mark National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

NEW YORK, NY— World-renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will offer his encouragement—and his personal thanks—to family and professional caregivers as they gather for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) 2nd National Concepts in Care Conference in Philadelphia on October 28 and 29.

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October 2, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Sponsors “For the Love of George” Fundraising Event for Young Professionals in New York

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Junior Committee is hosting the third annual “For the Love of George” fundraising event in New York City on October 11 to support the care needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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September 20, 2007 — Young Professionals Embrace Alzheimer’s Cause
Inaugural Fundraising Event Set in Chicago for Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

NEW YORK, NY—When their grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, New Yorkers Alex and Chris Barnet felt compelled to help many other families facing a similar situation: on September 27, their efforts come to fruition with an inaugural event in Chicago geared toward the younger generation with the goal of raising money for a disease that primarily affects the older generation.

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August 31, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display Quilt to Remember in Los Angeles
Powerful Panels ‘Speak for Those who Can’t Speak for Themselves’

NEW YORK, NY— Aylene Henderson-Bolds is best described by her daughter, Jean Bolds, as “a homemaker.” Doing everything the old-fashioned way, Aylene Henderson-Bolds took care of her family—hanging laundry on a clothes line, washing and drying her dishes by hand, and, of course, cooking their favorite meals.

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August 3, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Grants Provide Life Saving Coverage to Help Locate Those Gone Missing

NEW YORK, NY – While on a holiday cruise in the Caribbean last year , Robert Melnick wandered off during an emergency evacuation exercise. His wife, Dolores, was concerned that he might have fallen overboard, but, luckily, crew members found him 45 minutes later on an empty deck, wondering where everyone else had gone.

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June 12, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards First Excellence in Dementia Care Status to Two New York Facilities that Meet National Standards

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to the nation’s first two dementia care settings that have successfully achieved AFA’s nationwide standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses. Both settings are located in New York City.

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June 6, 2007 — New York Legislature Highlights Need to Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease
Resolution Declares Alzheimer’s Disease Month and Memory Screening Day

NEW YORK, NY—Responding to the escalating incidence of Alzheimer’s disease nationwide, both the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly yesterday passed a resolution aimed at raising awareness of the importance of early detection, education and care related to this brain disorder.

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May 21, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Grants to Organizations in 14 States

NEW YORK, NY – The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded grants totaling nearly $100,000 to grassroots organizations that will enable them to develop or enhance educational and support services in their communities for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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May 18, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Quilt to Remember Display in Chicago Draws Thousands of Visitors

NEW YORK—An estimated 2,000 people visited the display of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember in Grant Park, Chicago, on May 11-13--the first stop on a nationwide tour in 2007.

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May 7 , 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation Announces Quilt to Remember National Tour; First Stop-Chicago
Emotional and Creative Panels ‘Speak’ for Those with Dementia

NEW YORK , NY—When Kristi Burcham of Avon, IN was growing up, her aunt, who lived around the corner, taught her how to sew and do needlecraft. It’s a memory that sticks in her mind, especially since Alzheimer’s disease robbed her aunt, Virginia Wright, of her own memories.

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April 9, 2007 —
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Educational Conference and Display Dementia-Related Quilt in Cincinnati

NEW YORK, NY—Looking back, June Ellifritt of Chillicothe, OH is convinced there was a reason she had surgery seven years ago to replace both shoulders and both knees.

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March 14, 2007 — New Survey Reveals Widely-held Misperceptions About Alzheimer's Disease Among African-American and Hispanic Caregivers
Caregivers Unprepared to Face the Disease Despite Knowing They Are at Higher Risk; Average Delay in Diagnosis of More Than 2.5 Years Reported

NEW YORK, NY — African-American and Hispanic caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease are significantly more likely than caregivers of other races to consider the disease a normal part of the aging process and dismiss its symptoms as part of getting older, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) second ICAN: Investigating Caregivers’ Attitudes and Needs survey. This gap in understanding sheds light on the reasons for delay in diagnosis and treatment, which is an unnecessary setback for caregivers and individuals with the disease alike.

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February 21, 2007 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display Quilt to Remember in Chicago
National Tour Stop Coincides with Mother’s Day

NEW YORK , NY — At the Council for Jewish Elderly in Chicago, everyone from staff to caregivers to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease has been buzzing with activity—designing, painting, coloring, and gluing down sequins, glitter and yarn. Their project: crafting a huge panel for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Quilt to Remember, the nation’s first dementia-related quilt that is grand in scale and will continually grow with ongoing contributions.

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