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November 16, 2012 - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families , will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

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November 12, 2012 - Memory Screenings Edge into Mainstream on National Memory Screening Day
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Annual Event Includes Traditional and Nontraditional Sites
 

NEW YORK, NY— On November 13, the Waterville Library in Waterville, OH, the Peace of Christ Parish in Rochester, NY, and Sykes’ Restaurant in Kalispell, MT will be offering the public more than their usual wealth of books, spiritual sanctuary and lunch, respectively. In addition, healthcare professionals will provide free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about memory concerns and brain health as part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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November 7, 2012 - Local Groups to Participate in Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Commemorative Candle Lighting
Ceremonies Take On Special Meaning in Hurricane-Ravaged Northeast

NEW YORK, NY—Nearly 150 local organizations from coast to coast will light “candles of care” from November 9 to 11 as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) 10 th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting/Weekend of Prayer to pay tribute to people who have or had the brain disorder, and their caregivers.

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November 5, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Joins Sharecare as New Content Collaborator to Help Educate Consumers About Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiving  

NEW YORK, NY – Sharecare, an interactive health and wellness social platform providing access to expert-developed answers, health information and programs, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a leading national nonprofit organization, today announced that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has joined Sharecare’s dynamic network of experts as a new content collaborator.

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October 17, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold Third Annual Teens Video Competition
Contest Offers Creative Outlet for Teens to Express How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Their Lives  

NEW YORK, NY— As more and more teens witness Alzheimer’s disease in their families or communities, 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 third annual AFA Teens Video Competition.

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October 10, 2012 - Returning Champion Wins Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Brain Game Challenge With Lightning Speed
Syndicated Crossword Puzzle Master Merl Reagle Put Skill and Passion Behind Contest

NEW YORK, NY – With much surprise and pride in cracking a crossword crafted by one of the nation's most recognized crossword puzzle constructors, Jeffrey Harris of Norwalk, CT recently raced to the finish in the “Pros” division to win the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Brain Game Challenge for the second year in a row, and Scott Weiss of Walkersville, MD took the “Public” division with a time that rivaled ace tournament winners who competed in the online contest.

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October 3, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Unveil Patriotic Quilt Urging Further Action on National Alzheimer’s Plan
AFA Quilt to Remember Display Coincides With Dementia Conference in D.C. Area  

NEW YORK, NY—Ever since the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) began assembling its large-scale AFA Quilt to Remember a few years ago, each heartfelt panel has been uniquely telling the life story of an individual affected by Alzheimer’s disease. There’s the Maryland sports enthusiast whose photos and handprint adorn a quilt, and the Texas native whose colorful food-stained aprons atop her panel illustrate her love of cooking, for example.

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October 1, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ‘For the Love of George’ Event in New York to Feature Country Artist Brett Eldredge
Eighth Annual Event Supports Programs Serving Growing Dementia Population

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting its eighth annual “For the Love of George” cocktail party and concert in New York City on October 25 to heighten awareness of a brain disorder that affects millions of Americans today – Alzheimer’s disease.

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September 27, 2012 - Anticipation Builds for Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 2nd Annual National Brain Game Challenge
Contest Is ‘Personal’ for Syndicated Crossword Master Merl Reagle

NEW YORK, NY – The countdown to the showdown among the nation’s most avid crossword fans is on as the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) 2 nd annual National Brain Game Challenge gets ready to kick off on September 30 at 3 p.m. (ET). Contestants will be racing the clock to correctly solve a one-of-a-kind crossword crafted by puzzle king Merl Reagle—and to win $7,000 in total prizes.

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September 13, 2012 - Survey Finds Caregivers Misperceive Behavior Changes as Normal Aging, Delaying Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease  

NEW YORK, NY-- Just like many people incorrectly believe memory loss is a fact of life in growing older, survey results released today by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) reveal that many caregivers also mistakenly interpret various behaviors as a normal part of aging—rather than as symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. And as a result, they now believe those false impressions delayed their loved one’s diagnosis of the incurable brain disorder.

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August 27, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Takes Gold in National Mature Media Awards
Award Recognizes Interactive ‘Care Crossroads’ Web Site for Family Caregivers

NEW YORK, NY -- The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) was recently awarded a top prize for Care Crossroads, an innovative interactive Web site designed to meet the educational, emotional, practical and other emerging needs of caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, in the 21 st annual National Mature Media Awards.

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July 31, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Online Puzzle Competition for Brain Health
Test Your Mental Fitness with a Crossword by Renowned Puzzle Master

NEW YORK, NY — It’s time to sharpen your “pencils” – and mental skills – because the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting its 2 nd annual National Brain Game Challenge, an online game of skill in which contestants will have 24 hours starting September 30 to solve a puzzle crafted by one of the nation’s most respected puzzle masters, Merl Reagle.

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July 26, 2012 - 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 $30,000 to six grassroots organizations across the country to support caregiver education, adult day programs or other hands-on services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

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July 24, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation Takes ‘Quilt to Remember’ on Tour, Unveils Virtual Quilt
Heartfelt Arts Project Pays Tribute to People Impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis  

NEW YORK, NY —To Sarah Hoover of Tyler, TX, her dad, Dr. Eugene M. Allen, was her hero. Seeking a way to honor the memory of her father, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in 2006, she recently crafted a four-foot square quilt of red, white and blue fabric and embroidered stitching that highlights his “extraordinary life” and sums up her feelings at the top with the simple statement, “My Hero.” The quilt, she said, is “a true project of love.”

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July 9, 2012 - National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year’

NEW YORK, NY — Each day, many healthcare professionals across the country go above and beyond to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. Whether working at long-term care facilities, adult day centers, non-profit organizations or other settings, an opportunity to recognize these professionals is now available by nominating them for Dementia Care Professionals of America’s (DCPA) 6th Annual “Dementia Care Professional of the Year.”

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June 28, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Comments on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Healthcare Reform: Some Major Provisions Impact Americans with Brain Disorder

NEW YORK, NY —The following is a statement by Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the ruling today by the United States Supreme Court that upholds major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as constitutional.

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June 21, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases ‘Lost and…Found’ Report Highlighting Strategies to Address Missing Incidents Among People with Dementia

NEW YORK, NY— At a time when news reports of missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia continue to make headlines almost daily, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging law enforcement agencies nationwide to both learn about available methods to assist in the return of individuals with dementia who become lost, and to help educate the public about steps they can take to safeguard loved ones.

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June 7, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2012 College Scholarship Recipients
Teens Chronicle Personal Experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease in National Competition

NEW YORK, NY— A Baltimore teen is inspired to become a geriatric physician after spending three years interacting with people with Alzheimer’s disease at a geriatric clinic at a prestigious hospital. An Orlando-area teen shared a special bond with his grandfather while caring for him for five months until he passed away. And a Hartford-area teen finally confronts the harsh realities of Alzheimer’s disease through her writing.

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May 31, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Senior Helpers Collaborate to Expand Education and Resources in Local Communities
AFA Affiliate Offices Respond to Needs of Increasing Dementia Population  

NEW YORK, NY —As the need for education and resources about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias climbs at an unprecedented rate, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Senior Helpers are opening AFA affiliate offices within 11 Senior Helpers franchises from coast-to-coast to service the growing population affected by the brain disorder.

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May 15, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Commends Historic National Alzheimer’s Plan for ‘Providing Solid Stepping Stones Toward Substantial Change’

NEW YORK, NY—The following is a statement by Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the release today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of its historic “National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease.” The nation’s first National Alzheimer’s Plan is mandated under the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) passed by Congress in 2010 and signed by President Obama in January 2011. Hall is a member of the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services that has been advising on the development of the national strategy.

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April 11, 2012 - Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease Appoints Ian Kremer as Executive Director
Long-Time Alzheimer’s Advocate Poised to Take Coalition to ‘Next Level’

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), a national coalition of key organizations committed to sharing information and advocating for national policies related to Alzheimer’s disease research and care issues, has named Ian Kremer of Fairfax, VA as its executive director.

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April 9, 2012 - New York Quilt Shop to Display Heartfelt Panel from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s ‘Quilt to Remember’ Collection  

NEW YORK, NY—Barbara Bermel has watched Alzheimer’s disease destroy multiple members of her family, and now the Appleton, WI quilter will have the opportunity to use her creative skills to speak for her husband and many other loved ones who can no longer speak for themselves.

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April 9, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Free Educational Conference in New York
Entertainer David Cassidy, Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer Will Address Caregivers  

NEW YORK, NY—As government leaders increasingly acknowledge the need for greater education about Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will provide an understanding of the disease and practical strategies to handle daily challenges at a free, care-focused conference on May 18 in New York City.

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March 28, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Urges Federal Officials to ‘Reach Higher’ with Final National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease
Report Proposes Expanded Medicare Coverage, Tax Breaks for Caregivers


NEW YORK, NY
–The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today urged federal officials to “reach higher and farther” and to take additional, more aggressive actions to attack the Alzheimer’s disease crisis, in a report that responds to the government’s “Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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March 5, 2012 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Elects New Chairman

NEW YORK, NY
–The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s board of trustees recently elected Jeffrey Greener, Esq., of Great Neck, NY as the new chairman of this leading national organization

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February 27, 2012 - Special Issue of Caregiver Magazine Shines Spotlight on Self-Care
Experts Offer Growing Number of Affected Families Advice on Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease  

NEW YORK, NY—“One aspect of caregiving is universal: All who give care need to take care,” Jane Meier Hamilton, a registered nurse and former family caregiver, advises readers in an article in the latest care ADvantage magazine published by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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February 22, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Draft National Alzheimer’s Plan for Education, Support and Care Strategies; Implementation is ‘Critical’

NEW YORK, NY—The following is a statement by Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ release today of its “Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease.” The nation’s first National Alzheimer’s Plan is mandated under the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) enacted last January. Hall is a member of the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services that is advising on the development of the national strategy.

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February 7, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Administration Efforts to Boost Federal Budget for Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Organization Has Urged ‘No Time to Waste’

NEW YORK, NYThe Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today applauded the Obama Administration for continuing its strong commitment to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease by boosting funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research into a cure both this year and in its proposed 2013 fiscal year budget.

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February 2, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Introduction of Bill to Advance Promising Therapies for Costly Chronic Diseases

NEW YORK, NYEric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), today released this statement related to the introduction in Congress of the bipartisan Spending Reductions through Innovations in Therapies (SPRINT) Agenda Act of 2012.

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February 2, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Contest Winners
Heartfelt Videos Sound Powerful Messages About Disease’s Impact on Families

NEW YORK, NY—Hannah Schwartz, 18, of Clarksville, TN has witnessed what she calls the kind of love that can only be expressed by a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and she has captured that “enduring devotion” in the winning video for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Teens Video Competition.

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January 19, 2012 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Breadcrumb Introduce State-of-the-Art GPS Locator Device to Help Track Wanderers
QVC Scheduled to Unveil New Product

NEW YORK, NY – Directly addressing the major—and life-threatening—issue of wandering among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Breadcrumb L.L.C. today announced the rollout of a state-of-the-art locator device and caregiver-friendly monitoring system. This innovative new tracking device is designed specifically for the dementia population and aimed at immediately and precisely pinpointing a person’s whereabouts.

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January 19, 2012 -
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Leader Presses for Forward Movement on National Alzheimer’s Plan

NEW YORK, NYAfter a two-day meeting of government leaders and private sector experts that focused on the proposed framework of an historic national plan to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, Eric J. Hall, founding president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), today released this statement:

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