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December 21, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Public Voted for Foundation to Be Charity Navigator’s Next Rated Organization


NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announced today that it has received the highest rating--four stars--from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator of charitable organizations.

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December 15, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Passage of National Alzheimer’s Project Act

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America issued this statement today regarding passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act would create the National Alzheimer’s Project, which would coordinate government efforts to prevent and treat the disease and create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer’s disease. In September, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America had organized a sign on letter effort in support of H.R. 4689 and S. 3036, receiving the support of more than 100 organizations. Following the approval by the House of Representatives today and the Senate last week, the bill is now headed to President Obama for signature.

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December 9, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Official to Testify Before Congress and Urge Policymakers to Act Now on Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis
Foundation’s CEO to Call for End to ‘Devastation’ in House Subcommittee Testimony Today


NEW YORK, NY—Eric J. Hall, the president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), today will call on policymakers to “end the devastation” caused by Alzheimer’s disease in testimony before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

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December 1, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Celebrity Lineup on ‘Together for Care’ Telethon and Urges President Obama to Declare ‘Decade of Care’

NEW YORK, NY— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is pressing to raise Alzheimer’s disease to an unprecedented level of awareness by holding the nation’s first Alzheimer’s disease telethon on December 4 and simultaneously calling on Americans to urge President Obama and Congress to declare a “decade of care.”

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November 19, 2010 - National Group Names ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’ Baton Rouge Program Coordinator Doubles as Professional and Family Caregiver

NEW YORK, NY— Each work day, Julie Brewer epitomizes compassionate care and competence in all facets of her job as a program coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge, LA.

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November 17, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Awards ‘Excellence in Care’ Status to First New Jersey Facility

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 Williamstown, The Wellspring Memory Care Program in Williamstown, NJ that provides care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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November 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold National Memory Screening Day
Influx of Aging Baby Boomers Emphasizes Importance of Event


NEW YORK, NY— With memory concerns and successful aging major topics of concern for the aging population, especially as the first baby boomers turn 65 next year, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is answering the call by offering free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about brain health during its 8th annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 16.

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November 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ‘Together for Care’ Telethon to Include Leading Celebrities. Wilson Phillips Reunites on Stage to Help Rally Nation to Address Health Crisis

NEW YORK, NY— In tribute to their own loved ones or other individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease, leading celebrities will unite around this looming health crisis by participating in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)’s “Together for Care” telethon on December 4.

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November 8, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Competition

New York, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is putting out a call to teens to get out their video cameras and record their personal stories related to Alzheimer’s disease for AFA’s inaugural AFA Teens Video Competition.

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November 8, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting to Honor Individuals Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY —When Lynn Pearson of Titusville, FL lights a candle to honor her sister on November 14, she’ll be joining thousands of families across the nation whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease—families who are coming together in spirit to take part in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Commemorative Candle Lighting.

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November 3, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Introduce Free Memory Screenings in Spanish Higher Risk for Latinos Emphasizes Importance of National Memory Screening Day Event

NEW YORK, NEW YORK— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in collaboration with the Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance, Mexican Consulate and major hospitals will offer free, confidential memory screenings in Spanish in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York on various dates in November.

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November 2, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Open NASDAQ to Mark National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Upcoming ‘Together for Care’ Telethon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK— As part of its efforts to drive home the urgency of the Alzheimer’s disease crisis, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today will call on the public to rally around the need for care and cure as it rings the opening bell of NASDAQ.

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OCTOBER 18, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host ‘For the Love of George’ Cocktail Party in New York

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Junior Committee is hosting the sixth annual “For the Love of George” cocktail party and concert in New York City on October 21 to bring together mostly younger professionals to heighten awareness and raise funds for a disease that primarily affects the older generation.

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OCTOBER 17, 2010 - National Dementia Group Recognizes a Dozen New Jersey Healthcare Professionals


NEW YORK, NY— Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), the membership and training division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), recently bestowed its inaugural A.C.E. (Ability, Compassion, Excellence) Awards to a dozen New Jersey healthcare professionals for providing exceptional care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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October 14, 2010 - ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CAREGIVERS IDENTIFY MEMORY LOSS, PERSONAL SAFETY AND CONFUSION AS TOP THREE CONCERNS RELATED TO PROGRESSION OF THEIR LOVE ONE'S DISEASE.
-- NationalSurvey Co- Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America , Eisai and Pfizer Sheds Light on Difficulties Faced by America’s Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers --

Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and New York, October 14, 2010 ― Results announced today from a  national survey of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) caregivers found that memory loss and confusion, which are cognitive symptoms, in addition to personal safety are the greatest concerns related to the progression of their loved one’s AD. In fact, 67 percent of AD caregivers surveyed sa id changes in cognitive symptoms were among their main concerns . The survey of 524 non-professional caregivers, which was conducted by Harris Interactive in September 2010 for Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), provides insight into the current state of caring for a loved one with AD in the United States.

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October 6, 2010 - President Obama Pens Column in Latest Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Magazine
Article Addresses Healthcare Concerns of Alzheimer’s Community

NEW YORK, NY — President Obama is featured as a guest columnist in the latest issue of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) quarterly magazine for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, care ADvantage. In his column, he outlines important provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are relevant to the Alzheimer’s community, such as health insurance, drug coverage and long-term care.

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October 4, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold Inaugural ‘Together for Care’ Telethon
Historic TV Event Aimed at Rallying Nation to Address Health Crisis

NEW YORK, NY The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host an inaugural “Together for Care” telethon on December 4, marking the major focus of a comprehensive campaign by AFA to rally the nation to address this escalating health crisis and prepare to care for the projected surge in the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease in addition to the millions of families currently affected by it.

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September 21, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation to Honor Long Island Residents at ‘Together for Care’ Cocktail Reception
Benefit to Feature Live Performance by Country Artist Emily West

NEW YORK, NY— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will honor two Long Island residents for their distinguished leadership as members of AFA’s board of trustees at its “Together for Care” cocktail party on November 4.

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September 15, 2010 - Country Music Artists Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
2 nd Annual ‘For the Love of George’ Event to Rock Nashville

NEW YORK, NY — Three years ago, country artist Brett Eldredge received a call from his parents, telling him that his grandmother had forgotten his grandfather’s name. In that moment, Eldredge said, “Alzheimer’s became real,” and the next day, inspired by his grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, he wrote his new single, “Raymond.”

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September 14, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Brodsky Grant to Dance Therapy Group

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Marian Chace Foundation (MCF) of the American Dance Therapy Association, Columbia, MD, to provide nonverbal communication training to improve interactions with individuals with dementia. 

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September 14, 2010 - Dementia Care Professionals of America to Host Free Training in Manhattan

NEW YORK, NY - Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) will host a free training workshop in Manhattan on October 26 about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as effective care for individuals with the brain disorder.

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September 13, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Names Bellingham Activist to Board of Trustees

NEW YORK, NY The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently named Josselyn Winslow, co-founder and volunteer executive director of the Bellingham-based Alzheimer Society of Washington, to its board of trustees.

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August 26, 2010 - Dementia Care Professionals of America to Host Free Training in Jamaica

NEW YORK, NY - Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) will host a free training workshop on September 15 about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as effective care for individuals with the brain disorder.

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August 9, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Updates Teleconference for Dementia Caregivers

NEW YORK, NY — To meet the growing needs of the dementia community, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has updated its free, educational teleconference service to encourage both family members and professionals caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness to take advantage of its expert presentations and support network.

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July 27, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Second Wind Dreams Forge Strategic Partnership
Collaboration Aims to Advance Care and Dignity for People with Dementia

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), New York, NY, and Second Wind Dreams (SWD), Marietta, GA, today announced that they have forged a strategic partnership that will utilize their combined expertise, program strengths and local membership bases to further raise the bar on care for the increasing number of individuals nationwide with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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July 21, 2010 - Rising Pop Star to Perform at Alzheimer’s Foundation Event in Los Angeles

NEW YORK, NY — Singer/songwriter Justyna Kelley will perform on September 22 at an inaugural event in Los Angeles to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America—a cause that has special meaning for both her and her manager.

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July 21, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases New DVD on Preventing Falls

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently released “Preventing Falls: Practical Steps to Reduce Fears and Risks,” the latest DVD in AFA’s “Your Time to Care” series of educational programs for family caregivers, in the hopes of helping caregivers reduce their own risk of falls and prevent their loved ones from falling.

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July 20, 2010 - National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY — Do you know a healthcare professional who works tirelessly to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families? Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) seeks to recognize these individuals in calling for nominations for its fourth annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” award.

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June 28, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Produces ‘African-Americans & Alzheimer’s Disease’ Brochure as Part of Educational Outreach

NEW YORK, NY — In response to the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among African-Americans, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has produced a new brochure aimed at clearing up common misperceptions about the brain disorder and encouraging individuals to be pro-active if they notice symptoms of the disease in themselves or their family members.

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June 24, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote to Reauthorize Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program

NEW YORK, NY — The following is a statement by Richard E. Powers, chairman of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Medical Advisory Board, in response to the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval today of a measure reauthorizing the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. The bill would authorize $35 million over seven years for grants to nonprofit organizations. The House passed the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, by a voice vote in February 2009.

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June 24, 2010 - Former NFL Football Player to Host Phoenix Golf Outing for Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY — Retired NFL football player Steve Myer and his wife, Maria, of Chandler, AZ are determined to help caregivers—people like themselves who are tirelessly caring for relatives with Alzheimer’s disease. On October 8, the couple will host a golf outing at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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June 21, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Educational Conferences in North Carolina

NEW YORK, NY — North Carolina’s older population with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias is on the threshold of a boom: it is expected to increase by 59 percent between now and 2030. Recognizing this, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host free care-focused conferences for family caregivers on August 6 in Charlotte and on August 7 in Raleigh.

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June 10, 2010 - Partner Terence E. Smolev Honored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

UNIONDALE, NY — Terence E. Smolev, partner-in- charge of the Tax, Trusts and Estates department atForchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana LLP, will be honored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) on July 12th at its Care on the Fairways golf event at the Muttontown Golf & Country Club in East Norwich, NY. Mr. Smolev has been a member of AFA’s board of trustees since 2007.

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June 1, 2010 - Dementia Caregivers Can Connect Weekly via Phone Support Network

NEW YORK, NY — Many caregivers caught up in the day-to-day challenges of caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses find it hard, if not impossible, to leave home to attend support groups or workshops to get the answers to their caregiving questions. For them, a viable alternative is Care Connection—a free telephone support service for caregivers of individuals with dementia sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Ask Dr. Jamie.

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May 27, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards ‘Excellence in Care’ Status to First Facility in New England
Marks 25th Setting in Nation to Earn Designation

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to Summerhill Assisted Living-The Meadows, Peterborough, NH, for achieving AFA’s national standards of excellence that reflect the essential components of quality care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses.

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May 18, 2010 - Glen Cove Hospital Spearheads Education Program to Help Nurses, Staff Improve Alzheimer’s Care
Glen Cove Hospital has the country’s largest number of qualified dementia care professionals in hospital setting

GLEN COVE, NY – Recognizing that a hospital stay for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can provoke anxiety and confusion, Glen Cove Hospital recently teamed with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to train Geriatric Unit nurses and other caregivers on how to enhance patient care.

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April 20, 2010 -
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2010 College Scholarship Winner
Teen Chronicles Loss of Dad Affected by Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY—“That disease is only for old people. It wouldn’t affect such a young man,” Katherine Henley, 18, wrote. “But it did. And it was my dad.”

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March 4, 2010 - Excellence in Care Specialist Training Set for Framingham, MA

NEW YORK, NY—Looking to put your dementia care background to even greater use? The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will be holding a training session for experienced dementia care professionals on April 30 in Framingham, MA that will enable them to conduct evaluations and consultations in their local communities as part of AFA's Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction.

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February 23, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers Grant for Innovative Service

NEW YORK, NY—As local non-profit organizations continue to seek alternative funding sources to keep their programs and services going, 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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February 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Social Security for Speeding Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today applauded the Social Security Administration for including early-onset Alzheimer’s disease among the medical conditions that will be given automatic approval for disability benefits, rather than have individuals go through what could be a lengthy qualification process.

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