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Press Releases 2011

December 12, 2011 - Unique Holiday Gifts That Give Back and Say You Care

NEW YORK, NY—With the holidays right around the corner, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering an exclusive sterling silver jewelry line and other care-related gifts that pay tribute to caregivers and help support AFA’s programs and services throughout the year.

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November 28, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Names Leading Healthcare Advocate as New Vice President of Public Policy

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announced today that it has appointed Eric W. Sokol of Washington, D.C., an attorney and leading healthcare advocate with in-depth knowledge of regulatory and legislative issues, as vice president of public policy.

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November 7, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host 9th Annual National Memory Screening Day
November 15 Event Initiative Offers Education, Road to Diagnosis

NEW YORK, NY – As federal officials and other experts work toward developing the first-ever national plan that will address the growing crisis of Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging Americans to take their own steps to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free memory screenings during its National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 15.  

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November 1, 2011 - MORE THAN 40 LEADING ALZHEIMER’S ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR DRAMATIC NEW STRATEGY TO STOP ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 40 of the nation’s leading voices and organizations in Alzheimer’s research, drug discovery and care today announced a series of aggressive and innovative recommendations to transform the current trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease, now slated to kill millions of Americans and to cost the nation over two trillion dollars in the coming decade. The recommendations by Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) are directed to the Congressionally-mandated Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services – the committee tasked with advising on the first-ever national action plan to deal with the growing Alzheimer’s disease crisis.

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November 1, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold Second Annual Video Competition

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is calling on teens to create a short video that creatively expresses their personal stories related to Alzheimer’s disease as part of its 2 nd annual AFA Teens Video Competition.

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November 1, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Expert to Discuss ‘Person-Centered’ Care on Phone Support Network

NEW YORK, NY— Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., executive director of Alzheimer's Family Services Center, Huntington Beach, CA, will discuss ways in which caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can use “person-centered” care strategies to manage difficult behaviors on the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) telephone support network on November 10.

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October 31, 2011 - Johns Creek Teen Wins Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Volunteer Challenge
Student Learns Life Lessons While Leading Activities at Sunrise Senior Living

NEW YORK, NYWhile Vedika Rajasekaran, 17, of Johns Creek, GA, spent her summer doing creative activities like karaoke and baking, it was the unique individuals she shared these experiences with that made the summer one of her most memorable ever.

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October 27, 2011 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Officials to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a non profit organization dedicated to optimizing quality of care for persons with dementia and their families, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square.

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October 20, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases Recommendations for National Plan to Defeat Brain Disorder, Urges ‘No Time to Waste’

NEW YORK, NY—Declaring that our nation “has no time to waste,” the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today released specific, hard-hitting recommendations on both care and cure to tackle Alzheimer’s disease—and urged swift implementation of a national strategy on this growing public health crisis that threatens an increasing number of American families, including aging baby boomers, and the nation’s budget.

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October 17, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host ‘For the Love of George’ Cocktail Party in New York
Seventh Annual Event Rallies Young Professionals Around the Cause

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) New York Committee is hosting the seventh annual “For the Love of George” cocktail party and concert in New York City on October 27 to heighten awareness of the disease and rally young professionals around the cause.

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October 13, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host ‘For the Love of George’ Cocktail Party in Chicago

NEW YORK, NYThe Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Chicago committee is hosting “For the Love of George,” a cocktail party and concert designed to raise awareness of the disease and provide funds to support AFA’s programs and services locally and nationally.

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October 3, 2011 - National Group Names California Advocate ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’
Visionary Leader Draws Inspiration from Personal Caregiving Experience

NEW YORK, NY—Cordula Dick Muehlke, Ph.D., of Santa Ana, CA has dedicated the last 25 years of her career to helping families who are facing Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, including turning a truly grassroots effort into a state-of-the-art model as executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services Center (AFSC) in Huntington Beach, CA since 1995.

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September 28, 2011 - National Brain Game Challenge Winner Breaks Crossword Code in 43 Minutes
Other Winners Named in Unique Contest to Benefit Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--With an eye on a $5,000 top prize in a unique crossword contest to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Jeffrey Harris of Norwalk, CT today was named the first place winner in the National Brain Game Challenge.

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September 22, 2011 - Crossword King Promises ‘Full-Body Mental Workout’ in $5,000 Puzzle Contest to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—As the clock counts down to the start of the National Brain Game Challenge on September 25, legendary crossword constructor Merl Reagle today revealed that players should rev up for a “full-body mental workout” as they race to solve puzzles with unusual shapes and deeply-hidden clues in the inaugural online contest to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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September 20, 2011 - Free Webinars to Feature Dementia Care Expert Teepa Snow
Alzheimer’s Foundation and Senior Helpers Sponsor Series to Shed Light on Disease

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Senior Helpers are sponsoring a free Webinar series this fall that will feature renowned dementia care expert Teepa Snow and assist both family caregivers and healthcare professionals in “moving forward” with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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September 15, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Responds to Broadcaster Pat Robertson’s Comments About Brain Disorder
AFA Stresses Need to Destroy Stigma and Recognize ‘Misunderstood’ Population

NEW YORK, NY – Responding to controversial statements by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, Eric J. Hall, founding president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, today said that Robertson’s comments highlight the very need for greater efforts to educate the public about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals and their families, and to destroy the stigma and misperceptions that surround the brain disorder.

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September 15, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Memory Screening Day Garners Widespread Support of Leading Professional Groups
November 15 Event Initiative Offers Education, Road to Diagnosis

NEW YORK, NY –In testament to the value of community-based memory screenings, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that more than 30 leading professional organizations are supporting its annual National Memory Screening Day that will be held this year on November 15.

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September 7, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Seeks Input on National Plan to Beat Brain Disorder
Public Invited to Join September 12 National Conference Call

NEW YORK, NY—As experts begin to craft a national strategy to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, Christopher Nadeau, executive director of the New York Memory Center in Brooklyn, NY, strongly believes that a plan must include funding for local providers to adopt best practices in caregiving from across the country as well as provide care planning to families so they “can get in front of the disease as opposed to putting out fires.”

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August 23, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America President and CEO Appointed Today to the National Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) issued this statement today regarding AFA founding president and chief executive officer Eric J. Hall’s appointment to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services as established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act.  The National Alzheimer’s Project Act was passed by Congress in December 2010 and signed by President Obama in January 2011.  The Act creates the National Alzheimer’s Project, which will coordinate government efforts to prevent and treat the disease as well as create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer’s disease.   The Advisory Council is made up of 12 Federal and 12 non-Federal designees and is tasked with providing the Secretary of Health and Human Services with an initial evaluation of all federally funded efforts in Alzheimer’s research, clinical care, and long-term services and supports and their outcomes; recommendations for priority actions to expand, eliminate, coordinate, or condense programs; recommendations to reduce the financial impact of Alzheimer’s on Medicare and other federally funded programs as well as on the families living with Alzheimer’s disease; and recommendations to improve health outcomes.

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August 16, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Creates Unique Division for College Students

NEW YORK, NY—Recognizing that an increasing number of college students may be facing Alzheimer’s disease in their own families or are looking to get involved in a worthy cause, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has unveiled a unique network for college students—AFA on Campus.

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August 7, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Online Puzzle Competition
Renowned Puzzle Master Lends His Expertise to the Cause

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is calling on crossword buffs, novices up for a challenge and others in between to participate in its inaugural National Brain Game Challenge, an online game of skill created by one of the nation’s most admired puzzle masters.

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July 11, 2011 - National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY—Whether working at long-term care facilities, adult day centers, non-profit organizations or other settings, there are dementia care professionals who go above and beyond their normal duties every day in caring for people with dementia. Now there is an opportunity to recognize these professionals by nominating them for Dementia Care Professionals of America’s (DCPA) 5 th Annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year.”

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July 7, 2011 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Names Top Researcher George Perry to Medical Advisory Board

NEW YORK, NY –The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has appointed George Perry, Ph.D., one of the world’s top Alzheimer’s disease researchers, to its medical advisory board.

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June 23, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action to Tackle Worldwide Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis
Congressional Testimony Points to Need for Collaboration, Sharing Best Practices  

NEW YORK, NYEric J. Hall, founding president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alzheimer’s Foundation International, presented Congressional testimony today that called on the United States and countries worldwide to step up now to tackle Alzheimer’s disease and to collaboratively develop a “global approach to this pandemic.”

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May 18, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Challenges Teens to Volunteer Across America this Summer

NEW YORK, NY—In an effort to engage teens nationwide in community service that benefits individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and families, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today issued the “AFA Teens Volunteer Across America Challenge.”

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May 17, 2011 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Issues ‘Penny Wise, Pound Foolish’ Report Highlighting Government Funding Shortfall for Aging Research

NEW YORK, NY—As the nation prepares for a “silver tsunami,” a new report released today by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) highlights inadequate funding by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for research of aging-related illnesses and issues a call for the needed investments aimed at preventing, treating or curing chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, that mostly affect older Americans.

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April 27, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2011 College Scholarship Winner
Teen Chronicles Loss of Grandmother’s ‘Dragon Spirit’ to Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY—Clara Luu, 18, of San Jose, CA used to liken her grandmother to a mighty dragon, but over the last three years she has watched her grandmother slowly lose her “headstrong and determined dragon-spirit” to Alzheimer’s disease. While the progression has brought conflicting emotions for the teen, it has also nurtured a surprising strength to become the person her grandmother once was, according to the teen’s powerful essay that won her top prize in an annual college scholarship competition sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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April 4, 2011 - Hundreds of Alzheimer’s Researchers, Service Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Vital NIH Research Funding
Reducing the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging would be self-defeating, increasing government costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America , co-facilitators of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD)—a coalition of Alzheimer’s-serving organizations dedicated to increasing America’s commitment to stop Alzheimer’s disease—issued the following statements today. The statements are being issued in light of a letter sent today to Congress, signed by more than 480 Alzheimer’s researchers and service providers, urging members to maintain Fiscal Year 2010 funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging through the current fiscal year.

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March 30, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Unveils Interactive ‘Community of Care’ Web Site to Educate and Connect Family Caregivers
New Tool Responds to Increasing Needs, Numbers of Caregivers Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY—With the nation facing a huge swell in the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today unveiled an innovative, interactive “community of care” Web site that will help family caregivers meet other caregivers, learn about the brain disorder and connect “live” with experts.

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March 14, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Trains New York Nursing Students in Dementia Care
Organization Hopes to Expand Model Program to Other Schools Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY – Recognizing the value of a head start in dementia care training to prepare nursing students for the expected surge in the number of interactions with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently teamed up with the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York to educate its students about the brain disorder and best practices in care.

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March 11, 2011 - Palm Beach Community to Embrace Alzheimer’s Cause in Event Benefiting Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
State Faces Dramatic Number of Cases of Individuals with the Brain Disorder

NEW YORK, NY - As the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida continues to grow, Palm Beach area business executives, healthcare professionals and others will embrace the cause whenthe Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Palm Beach Committee hosts its third annual cocktail party on April 1.

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February 28, 2011 -
Hundreds of Alzheimer's Researchers, Service Providers Urge U.S. Senate to Safeguard Federal Research Funding
House-passed funding cuts to National Institutes of Health ignore long-term fiscal impact of Alzheimer’s costs for Medicare, Medicaid and America’s families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Senate debates a spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year, nearly 400 Alzheimer’s researchers and service providers from across the country sent a letter today urging Senators to defend maintenance of FY2011 funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at FY2010 funding levels or better.

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February 23, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Contest Winners

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently announced the winner and runners-up of its inaugural AFA Teens Video Competition.

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February 4, 2011 -
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Acknowledges President Reagan’s Contribution to Alzheimer’s Awareness on his Centennial Birthday

NEW YORK, NY—Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), today noted the centennial birthday of President Ronald Reagan on February 6 by issuing a statement that acknowledged the former President’s contribution to Alzheimer’s awareness.

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January 26, 2011 - Free Audio Webcast for Caregivers Will Tackle ‘Planning and Paying’ for Long-Term Care

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will offer a free audio Webcast, "Planning and Paying for Long-Term Health Care...Sooner Rather than Later," on February 9 as part of its efforts to help New Yorkers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

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January 18, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Mourns Death of Sargent Shriver

NEW YORK, NY—Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, issued the following statement upon learning of the death of Sargent Shriver, who died today at age 95.

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January 18, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation International Forms Alzheimer’s Foundation of Israel
Israel’s Leading Care Organization Signs on as Founding Member

NEW YORK, NY-- The Alzheimer’s Foundation International (AFI) today announced the ground-breaking formation of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Israel, with Melabev, Israel’s leading organization caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as one of the founding members of the new organization.

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January 11, 2011 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers College Scholarship
Creative Outlet Helps Teens Cope with the Disease

NEW YORK, NY—Whether teens are trying to understand the loss of a relative or neighbor to Alzheimer’s disease, or have a volunteer experience to share, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) encourages college-bound students to apply for its 4 th annual AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship.

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