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December 29, 2009 - Dementia Care Professionals of America Names North Carolina Adult Day Coordinator 2009 ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY—From escorting two elderly clients who could no longer drive on a “date” to joining other volunteers in caring for an ill individual with Alzheimer’s disease at an adult day center over a weekend—each on her own time, professional Karen Bridges goes the extra mile for the people she cares for professionally as well as in her personal life.

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December 28, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers College Scholarship
Annual Competition Provides Chance to Reflect on Brain Disorder

NEW YORK, NY—For many teens, it is caring for their own grandparents or even parents with Alzheimer’s disease that leads them to apply. For others, it is a meaningful connection with a resident while volunteering at a local nursing home or the excitement of researching possible treatment breakthroughs during a lab stint that prompts them to participate.

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December 28, 2009 - 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 $50,000 to ten grassroots organizations across the country to start or expand education programs, cognitive stimulation activities, professional training and other services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

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December 24, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Congratulates Senate on Passage of Healthcare Reform Act; Applauds Inclusion of Key Provisions to Assist Dementia Population

NEW YORK, NY — The following is a statement by Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the United States Senate's passage today of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

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November 19, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Inclusion of Cognitive Impairment Detection in Healthcare Reform

NEW YORK, NY — Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of cognitive impairment detection as part of the new annual wellness for Medicare beneficiaries in “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” that was introduced last night:

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November 17, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Receives $25,000 from Accera, Inc. for ‘Lost & Found’ Campaign Tied to National Memory Screening Day

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today received a $25,000 donation from Accera, Inc. following the culmination of the biotechnology company’s “Lost & Found” campaign, an online educational initiative whereby each visit to a dedicated Web site prompted a donation by Accera to benefit AFA’s National Memory Screening Day.

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November 16, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold National Memory Screening Day
Actor Hector Elizondo Urges Americans to Get Screened

NEW YORK, NY — As research continues to mount about the effectiveness of memory screenings and the benefits of early detection of memory problems, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will hold its 7th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 17.

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November 9, 2009 - Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease to be Remembered During Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting

NEW YORK, NY—For Frank Hester of Manteo, NC, what a difference a year makes. Last November, his mother, Naomi, belted out “Amazing Grace” at a candle lighting ceremony that paid tribute to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease—she, among them. Although she needed some prompting from her husband and community members, Hester sang with the same beautiful voice and enjoyment as she had done her whole life.

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November 4, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases Top Flu Facts for Caregivers of People with Dementia in Light of Additional Care Issues, Complications

NEW YORK , NY —With the flu continuing to spread nationwide, imagine adding the virus into the mix when someone is already coping with a chronic illness like Alzheimer’s disease. In an effort to help families manage this situation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today released tips for caregivers of individuals with dementia who believe they or the people they are caring for have the flu.

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October 5, 2009 - Country Music Stars Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Inaugural ‘For the Love of George’ Event Comes to Nashville

NEW YORK, NY—When the mother of Grammy-winning singer and musician Kathy Mattea succumbed more and more to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, “music became our last connection,” according to Mattea.

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September 23, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display Powerful Dementia-Related ‘Quilt to Remember’

NEW YORK, NY — Last August, Annie Ginzkey of Chicago and a whole bunch of relatives gathered at her aunt’s house in Bartlett, IL to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. At the same time, they turned the event into another celebration—of her late grandfather’s life by making a heartfelt quilt panel for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Quilt to Remember.

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September 21, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Names Actor Hector Elizondo as Honorary Chairman

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that actor Hector Elizondo, whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease, will serve as the honorary celebrity chairman of AFA.

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September 17, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Inclusion of Cognitive Screening for Medicare Beneficiaries in Senate Finance Committee Health Reform Proposal

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today applauded Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who spearheaded the provision, for including cognitive impairment screening for Medicare beneficiaries in Baucus’ healthcare reform proposal, “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.”

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En Español
15 de Septiembre, 2009 - La Fundación Alzheimer de América dará una Conferencia en donde cubrirá las preocupaciones de la Comunidad Latina, además presentara “Una Manta para Recordar” (Relatos sobre la Demencia)

NEW YORK, NY — La enfermedad de Alzheimer ya ha hecho estragos en nuestro país, es por eso que la Fundación de Alzheimer América (AFA) realizara una Conferencia Nacional sin costo alguno en Chicago el 24 de Septiembre, en la cual se ofrecerán estrategias y consejos para aquellos que viven ya con la enfermedad y aquellos otros que pudieran adquirirla en un futuro.

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September 10, 2009 -
‘Today’ Show’s Joy Bauer to Keynote Alzheimer’s Foundation National Conference
Powerful Dementia-Related ‘Quilt to Remember’ to be Displayed

NEW YORK, NY — As Alzheimer’s disease takes hold of more aging Americans, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free national conference in Chicago on September 24 that will offer strategies for individuals living with the disease today and those hoping to head it off tomorrow.

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August 27, 2009 - Bridgeway Pointe Memory Care Unit Awarded ‘Excellence in Care’ Status

NEW YORK, NY - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to the memory care unit at Bridgeway Pointe in Cincinnati for achieving AFA’s national standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses.

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August 26, 2009 - Urban Professionals Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
‘For the Love of George’ Events Taking Off in Major Cities across the Country

NEW YORK, NY - A growing contingency of influential professionals across the country—many of whom have experienced Alzheimer’s disease in their families—is lending a hand to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to support the care needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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August 3, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers Support Group for Young Onset Dementia

NEW YORK, NY - For individuals diagnosed with young onset dementia, it may seem as though they are the only ones facing this rare form of the disease.

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July 20, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Grants to Local Groups Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY – The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded grants of $5,000 each to three grassroots organizations that will enable them to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families meet daily challenges associated with the brain disorder.

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July 16, 2009 - Baton Rouge Adult Day Center Receives ‘Excellence in Dementia Care’ Status

NEW YORK, NY - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to Charlie’s Place of Baton Rouge, LA for achieving AFA’s national standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses.

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July 9, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and SamarionSM Form Strategic Alliance to Enhance Care for Individuals with Dementia
Partnership will focus on innovative technologies and enhanced caregiver training  

NEW YORK, NY —The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), New York, NY, and Samarion Inc., Jackson, MS, announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to address the critical need for optimal dementia care through Samarion’s quality improvement technology and AFA’s enhanced training programs for healthcare professionals.

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June 9, 2009 - National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY — There are many healthcare professionals who go above and beyond each day to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. It is the efforts of these individuals that Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) seeks to recognize in calling for nominations for its third annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award.

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May 21, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Promotes Free Memory Screenings Year-Round

NEW YORK, NY — As part of its ongoing initiative to promote early detection of memory problems and successful aging, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently introduced a new program that encourages local organizations across the country to offer free, confidential memory screenings and education about brain health throughout the year.

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May 12, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2009 College Scholarship Winner
Teens Nationwide Echo Call for Alzheimer’s Awareness

NEW YORK, NY — Emily Riber, 17, always knew her grandfather for his charming sense of humor, and as she watched Alzheimer’s disease rob him of the jokes he once told, she took comfort in the social workers who were there to guide him and her family. It was their ability to improve his quality of life and the invaluable resources they provided to her family that have inspired her to pursue a career in social work.

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May 1, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Lays Out Strategies for Healthy Aging
New Web Site Focuses on Being Proactive, Reducing Risks for Dementia

NEW YORK, NY — Look at your calendar from the past week: Have you gone for a brisk walk, eaten dark leafy vegetables or toured a museum with a friend?

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May 1, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Free Workshop for Support Group Facilitators

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is sponsoring a new training workshop specifically for facilitators of support groups in New York City that cater to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and family and professional caregivers of people with the brain disorder.

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April 29, 2009 - Alzheimer’s-Inspired Racecar Debuts at Walter Mitty Challenge

NEW YORK, NY — After watching both of his grandmothers and then his mother bravely face Alzheimer’s disease, John Topping was raring to take action. Now, he and his son, Christopher, have turned their passion for sports car racing into a platform for Alzheimer’s disease and will be unveiling an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) adorned racecar at the Walter Mitty Challenge in Braselton, GA on May 3.

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April 13, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Awards ‘Excellence in Care’ Status to Juniper Village at Aurora

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction” status to Juniper Village at Aurora Wellspring Memory Care Community, a continuum of care community in Aurora, CO that provides care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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April 5, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Free Caregiver Support Group

NEW YORK, NY — For those caring for an individual in the mid-to-late stages of dementia, there are often few people to turn to who can relate to what they are going through.

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March 25, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Submits Statement to Senate Hearing

NEW YORK, NY — In a statement submitted to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, applauded the committee’s efforts to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in general, and called for a multi-level partnership to address the “crushing burden of an epidemic of chronic disease” that is falling primarily on family caregivers.

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March 25, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Golf Outing to Honor Dale Clift of Nurse on Call

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will honor Dale Clift, chief executive officer of Nurse on Call Home Healthcare, Lake Worth, FL, at its first golf outing in Palm Beach, FL on April 20.

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March 24, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers Grant for Innovative Service

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that it will be accepting applications for a $25,000 grant to support an innovative program or service that improves the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.

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March 12, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Calls on Quilters to Mark National Quilting Day by Contributing to Powerful Arts Project

NEW YORK, NY — In honor of National Quilting Day on March 21, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is calling on quilters nationwide to craft heartfelt panels for the AFA Quilt to Remember, the first grand-scale quilt that pays tribute to individuals who have or had Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

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March 12, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Calls on Florida Legislature to Support Re-Introduced Alzheimer’s Memory Screening Bill and New Resolution

TALLAHASSEE, FL The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced its strong support of two legislative initiatives—the re-introduction of the Alzheimer’s Memory Screening Bill (SB 260 and HB 589), which will establish a program to educate the public about screening for memory impairment and provide grants to increase screening sites throughout the state; and a new resolution that recognizes the devastating and far-reaching effects of Alzheimer's disease, honors family caregivers and healthcare providers of individuals with the disease, and encourages participation in AFA’s National Memory Screening Day.

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February 2, 2009 - Two Illinois Assisted Living Facilities Receive ‘Excellence in Dementia Care’ Status

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction” status to two assisted living residences in Illinois that specialize in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.

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January 29, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Partners in Care to Host Free Caregiver Conference in New York

NEW YORK, NY — As more families face having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Partners in Care will host a free educational conference in New York that is designed to give caregivers valuable tools to handle daily challenges.

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January 7, 2009 - State Officials to Host Memory Screening Day on January 13
Free Screenings, Alzheimer’s Quilt Display Open to Public

ALBANY, NY — In an effort to raise awareness of memory issues and healthy aging, the chairman of the New York State Assembly Committee on Aging in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will sponsor Memory Screening Day on January 13 at the State Legislative Office Building in Albany.

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January 7, 2009 - National Group Names ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’
Ferndale, WA Educator Cited for Expertise, Dedication

NEW YORK, NY — Day in and day out for years, Madaleine Lippert of Ferndale, WA has devoted herself to educating and supporting individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers.

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