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Press Releases 2008

December 8, 2008 - New Study Disputes Ongoing Controversy over Memory Screenings
Report Cites Proven Benefits, Calls for National Dementia Screening Policy

NEW YORK, NY—As the nation faces a public health crisis related to Alzheimer’s disease, a new report released today by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) disputes an ongoing controversy over the value and utilization of memory screenings. The report shatters unsubstantiated criticism and instead emphasizes the safety and cost-effectiveness of these tools and calls on Congress to develop a national dementia screening policy.

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November 25, 2008 - AFA Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

New York, NY – Bert Brodsky, chairman (at podium, right), and Eric J. Hall, president and CEO (at podium, left) of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, joined by David Wickes of NASDAQ, AFA staff and supporters. preside over the NASDAQ Closing Bell on November 25 in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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November 24, 2008 - MEDIA ADVISORY
Alzheimer's Foundation of America President and Chief Executive Officer to Ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell  

Eric J. Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will preside over the Closing Bell in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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November 10, 2008 - ‘No Cost’ Ways to Get Informed and Get Help about Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Urges Action during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

NEW YORK , NY – As economic woes and healthcare cost concerns continue to grip the nation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging families of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to take advantage of free services and monetary awards that can help reduce the financial toll of this chronic disease.

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October 28, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers Free Memory Screenings Nationwide
Initiative Addresses Healthcare Concerns, Gains Support of Leading Professional Groups

NEW YORK, NY – During this time of heightened concerns about rising healthcare costs, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will offer free memory screenings at more than 2,000 local sites across the country as part of its 6 th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 18th.

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October 24, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display Heartfelt Quilt to Remember
Port Authority Exhibit Coincides with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

NEW YORK, NY—For several months, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
and related dementias attending programs at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (JCC) in East Hills, NY were hard at work, creating a heartfelt quilt that speaks with their voices about the brain disorder.

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September 30, 2008 - Chefs, Young Professionals in Chicago Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America  

NEW YORK, NYThe Alzheimer’s disease cause is really heating up this week as some of Chicago’s finest culinary establishments and young professionals emerge on the scene for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) “For the Love of George” fundraising event.

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September 24, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Encourages Global Action on Awareness-Raising

NEW YORK, NY—As the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging foreign leaders to collaborate on a global effort to advance a dialogue about minimizing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the 26 million people worldwide currently living with the disease and those who will be affected in the future.

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September 23, 2008 - Co-chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease Call on Presidential Candidates for Increased Attention to Diagnosis, Treatment of Dementia
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Survey Shows Lack of Dialogue with Clinicians about Memory Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC— House co-chairs for the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), called on the presidential candidates to consider the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on those diagnosed, their loved ones, and federal and local healthcare systems at a Capitol Hill briefing today.

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September 19, 2008 - New Alzheimer’s Social Awareness Postage Stamp Unveiled
Stamp recognizes importance of knowing more about Alzheimer’s Disease

SAN FRANCISCO — James Larkin, U.S. Postal Service Senior Plant Manager in San Francisco and Patricia Garamendi, assistant general manager, California Exposition and State Fair and wife of Lt. Gov. John Garamendi yesterday unveiled the new Alzheimer’s Awareness commemorative postage stamp as part of a special presentation at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Concepts in Care Conference. The conference took place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

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September 12, 2008 - New Alzheimer’s Social Awareness Postage Stamp to be Unveiled
Stamp recognizes importance of knowing more about Alzheimer’s Disease

SAN FRANCISCO — Alzheimer’s awareness will be the focus of attention on Sept. 18, 2008 when the U.S. Postal Service and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will unveil a commemorative postage stamp at a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco.  The 42-cent Alzheimer’s Awareness stamp will be available at Post Offices nationwide beginning October 17, 2008.

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September 9, 2008 -
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Grant to Pet Therapy Program

NEW YORK, NY—A long-standing pet therapy program in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will now be able to serve significantly more seniors and people with Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to monies obtained through a grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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September 5, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display ‘Quilt to Remember’ in San Francisco
Actor Hector Elizondo to Submit Panel to Memorialize his Mother

NEW YORK, NY—As Suzanne Hastings progressed into the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, she became increasingly quiet. Yet, when her daughter, Judy Hastings of Cotati, CA, decided to select one main color to portray her mother in a quilt she is making in her memory for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember, the obvious choice was hot pink.

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August 25, 2008 -
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display ‘Quilt to Remember’ in Washington, DC
Exhibit Exemplifies Rising Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY — The more than 100 “faces” of Alzheimer’s disease that are captured in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember will be on display in Washington, D.C. in September, highlighting the reality and heartbreak of this brain disorder at a time when its incidence is climbing nationwide.

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August 15, 2008 - Hector Elizondo, Patricia Garamendi to Headline Alzheimer’s Foundation National Conference
Display of Powerful Dementia-Related ‘Quilt to Remember’ Follows

NEW YORK, NY— Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo and California’s Second Lady Patricia Garamendi will each share the heartache of watching their mothers struggle with Alzheimer’s disease when they address the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) 3 rd National Concepts in Care Conference in San Francisco on September 18.

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July 30, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Survey: Americans with Memory Concerns Fall Short of Talking to Doctors

NEW YORK, NY — An overwhelming number of Americans with memory concerns fail to report this health issue with their doctors despite visits within the past six months, according to results released today of a survey of participants in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) National Memory Screening Day last November.

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July 21, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Second Annual Teens Scholarship, Continues Efforts to Educate, Engage Youth

NEW YORK, NY—It is becoming a new reality for many teenagers—balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities with the added responsibility of caring for ailing parents and grandparents. Holly Hedberg of Phoenix, AZ can relate. When only nine- years-old, she learned that her father had Alzheimer’s disease and began assisting her mother with caregiving responsibilities.

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June 25, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Challenges Nation to Contribute to Quilt to Remember
Call to Action Comes in Light of Climbing Death Rate

NEW YORK, NY— For the past two years, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember has been powerfully yet tenderly sharing the stories of lives lost to Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses—those like Noble Shaw, a veteran married to Glenda for 46 years; Porter Burt, a farmer; and Audrey Zieske, who taught her daughter how to sew.

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June 24, 2008 - 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.

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May 15, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Appoints Four New Board Members

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a national organization focused on the care needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, has appointed four new members to its board of trustees, including legal and financial experts and the executive of a grassroots Alzheimer’s organization.

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May 7, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Reschedules Quilt to Remember Display
Cancelled for Mother’s Day Weekend, Set for Father’s Day Weekend

A display of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember, originally planned for May 9-11, has been rescheduled for Father’s Day weekend, due to unforeseen circumstances at the exhibit venue.

 

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May 1, 2008 - New Alzheimer’s Foundation for Caregiving in Canada is Established
Group is Sister Organization to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO—As Canada braces for an escalating incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the coming decades, a new nonprofit organization has emerged on the scene to provide care-related services to individuals with the brain disorder and their families, as well as highlight the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.

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April 30, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Quilt Remembers Moms
2008 Tour of Heartfelt Collection Begins Mother’s Day Weekend

NEW YORK, NY—Susan McMullan Ledgerwood was only eight when her paternal grandmother, Mary Lou McMullan, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. But she remembers her grandmother’s very last hug as vividly as if they were still clinging to each other in a nursing home in rural Mississippi in 1979.

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April 24, 2008 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Inaugural College Scholarship  

NEW YORK, NY—Like many other high school seniors across the nation, Holly Hedberg of Phoenix, AZ is currently deciding on which college to attend next fall. But there is one thing she is sure of: at whichever school, she plans to pursue researching the potential causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

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April 23, 2008 - Mother’s Day Display Set for Powerful Alzheimer’s ‘Quilt to Remember’ in Minneapolis
Heartfelt Panels Give Voice to Moms, Others with Brain Disorder

NEW YORK, NY—When Rose Schoeneberger of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet was in a retirement home in St. Paul, MN, she decided to take a quilting class across town. She began turning out one gorgeous panel after another, each—true to her name—with a different rose pattern.

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April 16, 2008 - Experts Urge Increased Services for Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Call for Sid Jacobson JCC Program to be Model for Nation

NEW YORK, NY—“You’re looking at two men up here who aren’t that old,” declared Jim Mueller, 39, referring to himself and Brian Kammerer, 50, of Massapequa Park. “I came here today as a younger person to tell you that it’s a reality out there that we can get this.”

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April 2, 2008 - Conference to Explore when Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes at Young Age

NEW YORK, NY—It was raining yesterday in Elgin, IL and the girls’ varsity softball game at Westminster Christian High School had to be cancelled. The team’s coach, Jim Mueller, forgot to let the parents know. Instead, a player’s mom spread the word. Any other team might have gotten annoyed, but not in this case. In fact, these players are used to seeing Mueller openly study his notebook in order to remember his coaching drills—and they’re understanding about it.

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March 26, 2008 - New Alzheimer's Disease Survey Reveals Children of Sandwich Caregivers Assist with Loved One's Care
Three in Five Caregivers Say their Children Help Care for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's Disease

NEW YORK, NY — Results from the third annual Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) ICAN: Investigating Caregivers’ Attitudes and Needs Survey suggest that Alzheimer’s disease care is a family affair. Most “sandwich caregivers” – the parents or guardians of children under 21 who also care for an aging parent, other relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease – say their children are assisting with caregiving responsibilities that range from attending doctors’ appointments to feeding and dressing their loved ones.

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March 7, 2008 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Host Free Dementia Care Training

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) in collaboration with the Fort Washington Houses Services for the Elderly will host a free dementia care training on March 26 about the safe and effective care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and all other types of dementia.

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February 27, 2008 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Grants to Local Groups Nationwide

NEW YORK , NY – The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded grants totaling $40,000 to eight grassroots organizations across the country 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, and their families.

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February 14, 2008 - Alzheimer's Foundation Offers Grant for Innovative Service 

NEW YORK , NY —As demand increases nationwide for support services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that it will be accepting applications for a $30,000 grant to support an innovative program or service that improves the lives of those affected by the brain disorder.

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February 11, 2008 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Attains BBB Seal for Charity Accountability

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a New York-based national nonprofit organization that focuses on providing optimal care to families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, announced today that it has been awarded the coveted seal of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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February 6, 2008 - Caregiver Magazine Urges Preventive Measures against Wandering, Falls, Abuse
Release Coincides with National and Local News on these Issues

NEW YORK, NY— When Elda Jackson of Fonthill, Ontario got a call from the police that her husband had tried to enter a house that he mistakenly thought was his own, she knew she had to take action. Her husband, LaVern, had gone missing several times since he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, but this time the situation had really gotten out of control.

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