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December 19, 2013 - DEMENTIA CARE PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA NAMES 2013 DEMENTIA CARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Tennessee Professional Spreads Dementia Education on Multiple Fronts

NEW YORK (December 19, 2013) — Nancy Pertl, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., recognized an absence of tools to help family caregivers navigate the complexity of Alzheimer's disease in her own community. So she built them—not only to fulfill a local need, but with the utility to serve broader audiences. For Pertl's efforts to tackle dementia on both the small and big scale, and for her demonstrated passion to advance dementia education, Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), today announced that Pertl is its 2013 "Dementia Care Professional of the Year."

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December 18, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA OFFERS TIPS TO KEEP THE CHEER IN THE HOLIDAYS
New Infographic Shares Strategies to Help People With Dementia, Caregivers

NEW YORK (December 18, 2013) — Holiday help is here! The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a new infographic that offers tips to help caregivers modify holiday routines and create new traditions that embrace the abilities of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, reduce stress for themselves and their loved ones—and keep the cheer in the holidays.

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December 16, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA INTRODUCES TWO CAREGIVER-FOCUSED CHATS  

NEW YORK (December 16, 2013) — In an effort to help increase real-time feedback and resources for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced two new series of online chats featuring medical and caregiving experts. Both chats will be hosted via AFA's Twitter handle @alzfdn.

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December 12, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA RELEASES 'A ROADMAP TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE & DRIVING' DVD 

NEW YORK (December 12, 2013)—"Taking away the keys" often is one of the most difficult decisions family and professional caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses face as symptoms progress to the point that drivers with the brain disorder pose a potential danger on the road—to themselves and others. To help address this practical and emotionally-charged issue, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced the release of its new educational DVD, "Your Time to Care: A Roadmap to Alzheimer's Disease & Driving."

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December 5, 2013 -ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AND SECOND WIND DREAMS TEAM UP TO HELP FULFILL DREAMS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA  

NEW YORK (December 5, 2013) — As people across the country are finalizing their holiday wish lists, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) and Second Wind Dreams (SWD) are teaming up to help make the dreams of people with Alzheimer's disease or related illnesses a reality. "The AFA-SWD Sleeping Dreamers Project" kicks off December 10, with the fulfillment of dreams on the same day for three elders with dementia in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York.

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November 4, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION URGES ATTENTION TO BRAIN HEALTH
New Infographic Released During National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month  

NEW YORK (November 4, 2013) — With an eye on brain health this month and year-round, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a new infographic that presents practical tips to help keep minds sharp. Its publication is in conjunction with National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and AFA's National Memory Screening Day initiative during November.

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November 1, 2013 - ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA TO HONOR FOUNDING CHAIRMAN BERT BRODSKY
‘Together for Care’ Event Recognizes Long Island Businessman’s Dedication

NEW YORK (November 1, 2013)—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a New York-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, will honor Bert E. Brodsky, AFA’s founding chairman, at its “Together for Care: Profiles In Caregiving,” a reception and concert on November 14 in New York.

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October 21, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS GRANTS TO 17 LOCAL GROUPS
Funds Enable Expansion of Services for People With Dementia and Their Families  

NEW YORK (October 21, 2013)—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization based in New York, today announced that it has awarded grants totaling $85,000 to 17 local groups across the country that provide support services to people with dementia and their families.

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October 16, 2013 - NOVEMBER 19 IS NATIONAL MEMORY SCREENING DAY
Local Sites to Offer Free, Confidential Memory Screenings Nationwide 

NEW YORK (October 16, 2013) — In the forefront of a growing national movement that shines the spotlight on early detection of memory problems, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will host its 11th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 19.

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September 18, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA UNVEILS NEW SUPPORT FOR YOUNGER GENERATION OF CAREGIVERS
Skype and Phone-Based Groups Serve College Students and Spouses of People With Young-Onset Alzheimer's Disease  

NEW YORK (September 18, 2013) As the number of people with Alzheimer's disease continues to climb, a new and younger generation of caregivers is facing the challenges of managing the memory loss and other cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with the illness.

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September 12, 2013 - CALLING ALL TEENS: CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL 'TEENS FOR ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS' VIDEO COMPETITION

NEW YORK (September 12, 2013) — For the third straight year, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is offering teens a vehicle to channel their creativity and help educate their peers and the public: the AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness Video Competition.

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July 30, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA TO HOLD BENEFIT CONCERT
Singer-Songwriter Brendan James Will Headline October 10 Fundraiser in New York

NEW YORK (July 30, 2013) — Blending an evening of live entertainment with an opportunity for people to give back, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) announced today that its annual "For the Love of George" cocktail party and concert will take place on October 10, in New York City.

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July 22, 2013 - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: DEMENTIA CARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR  

NEW YORK (July 22, 2013)—Dementia care professionals are in a class by themselves, taking on new challenges each day as they provide care to people with the progressive brain disorder. Now, families, colleagues and others have an opportunity to recognize these exceptional individuals by nominating them for "Dementia Care Professional of the Year"—an annual award presented by Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

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July 18, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS FAMILY RESPITE CARE GRANTS TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

NEW YORK (July 18, 2013)—To help provide family caregivers a bit of relief – physically, mentally and financially – the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded its inaugural Phyllis and Milton Berg Family Respite Care Grants to three of its nonprofit member organizations: Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, Inc. (ADAKC) Adult Day Care Services, in Bakersfield, Calif.; OPICA Adult Day Care Center, Inc., in Los Angeles; and Senior Services for South Sound – STARS Adult Day Program, in Olympia, Wash.

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July 15, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS INNOVATION GRANT
Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organization to Create Dementia Rehabilitation Therapy Program

NEW YORK (July 15, 2013)—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that Phoebe Ministries, a multi-facility organization based in Allentown, Pa. that provides continuum of care communities and services for senior adults, is the recipient of its 2013 Brodsky Innovation Grant.

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June 17, 2013 - Statement from Alzheimer's Foundation of America on 'National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update'

NEW YORK (June 17, 2013) — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to optimal care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, issued this statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' release on June 14 of the "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update."

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June 5, 2013 - ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA OFFERS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TELECONFERENCE FOR CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
‘Care Connection’ Guest Speaker Discusses Strategies to Better Weather the Season’s Storms

NEW YORK (June 5, 2013) – With recent tragedies in Oklahoma emphasizing the potential wrath of Mother Nature and with the summer storm season about to begin, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that its "Care Connection"; monthly educational teleconference for caregivers of people with dementia will focus on “Coping in the Face of Disasters” on June 13.

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May 28, 2013 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NAMES CAROL STEINBERG PRESIDENT
Long-Time Organization Executive Takes Reins as Care Needs Continue to Grow  

NEW YORK (May 28, 2013) – The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Board Chairman Bert E. Brodsky announced today that Carol Steinberg has been appointed president of the national nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to optimal care for individuals with dementia and their families, advocacy and research.

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May 15, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America's 'Quilt to Remember' Comes to Boston
Living Work of Art Honors Growing Number of Families Impacted by Brain Disorder 

NEWTON, Mass. (May 15, 2013) – An extraordinary work of art that marks a moving tribute to people living with dementia and their families will be on display at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., on May 29. The 43-panel section of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)'s "AFA Quilt to Remember" features 10 heartfelt quilts with roots in Massachusetts, including some that will be unveiled at the event.

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May 14, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Hosts Free Conference in New York
'5 Boroughs Concepts in Care' Event Offers Caregiving Strategies and Solutions  

NEW YORK (May 14, 2013) –The rising number of people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers often feel alone and unequipped to handle the daily challenges the brain disorder can bring. To offset this, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will offer a hands-on opportunity for people to gain support and practical skills at its free "5 Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference" in New York on June 26.

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April 25, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Announces College Scholarship Winner, Runners-Up
Teen Thanks Father for Gift of Dance, Life Lessons in Winning Essay

NEW YORK (April 25, 2013) – It began with a contra-dance that transported the reader to an old town hall, and, just as quickly, it grounded the reader in the realities of living with a parent who has Alzheimer's disease. That was the power of an essay written by Jadend Russell-Johnson that netted the Maine teenager the $5,000 award in the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) 2013 AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness College Scholarship competition.

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April 24, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Urges Senate Special Committee on Aging to Push Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care to Next Level

NEW YORK (April 24, 2013) — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to optimal care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, issued this statement to coincide with the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging's hearing today on "The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: Are We On Track to 2025?"

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April 10, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Lauds President's FY2014 Budget Commitment to Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to optimal care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, issued this statement in response to President Obama's release today of his FY2014 budget, which includes a $100 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research and caregiver services.

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April 4, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Offer More Family Respite Care Grants
Program Responds to Rising National Cost of Dementia Care  

NEW YORK, NY—As an unprecedented number of Americans face Alzheimer's disease in their families, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced the availability of the Phyllis and Milton Berg Family Respite Care Grants to nonprofit organizations for scholarships to cover the cost of respite care for family caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or a related illness.

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April 2, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Applauds President Obama for Advancing Far-Reaching Brain Mapping Project

NEW YORK, NY— The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to optimal care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, today applauded President Obama's announcement to invest $100 million in ground-breaking research that will map the human brain. The "BRAIN" (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, an idea that the President first noted in his State of the Union address earlier this year, is aimed at uncovering new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury.

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March 6, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Names Long Islander to Board of Trustees

NEW YORK, NY— The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization based in New York, today announced that Gerald (Jerry) Angowitz, of Oyster Bay, NY, has joined its board of trustees.

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February 28, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Grants to 16 Local Groups Nationwide
Funds Will Start or Expand Vital Programs for Increasing Dementia Population  

NEW YORK, NY – Recognizing the ever-growing needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and their caregivers, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today awarded grants totaling $80,000 to 16 grassroots organizations and law enforcement agencies across the country to support vital programs, including education, adult day programs, and search and rescue services to locate wanderers.

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February 21, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Contest Winners  

NEW YORK, NY – One teen suggests using laughter to help cope with the daily challenges of Alzheimer's disease; another challenges people to "get out of their comfort zone" and "walk with their loved one" with the brain disorder. These are the compelling and heartfelt messages relayed in the winning videos for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) third annual AFA Teens Video Competition.

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February 14, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offers Grant for Innovative Service
Annual Grant Seeks to Improve Lives of People With Dementia and Their Families

NEW YORK, NY – With the projected prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in the United States expected to triple by mid-century, providing the best possible care for Americans affected by the brain disorder becomes all the more critical. That's why the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is seeking to award a $25,000 grant to a deserving nonprofit organization with a novel program or service that improves the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related illness.

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February 7, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Urges Greater Support for Alzheimer's Disease in Light of New Projections on Rising Incidence

NEW YORK, NY — The following is a statement by Carol Steinberg, acting chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the release yesterday of a new study estimating that the number of people with Alzheimer's disease will reach 13.8 million by 2050, a figure nearly triple the estimated 5.1 million people currently diagnosed with the disease. The government-funded study, published in Neurology, was conducted by researchers at Rush University in Chicago and based on an analysis of more than 10,000 people 65 and older enrolled in the Chicago Health and Aging Project since 1993.

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February 6, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America CEO Eric Hall Resigns
Executive VP Carol Steinberg Named Acting CEO

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America ( AFA) Board Chairman Bert E. Brodsky announced today that Eric J. Hall, AFA's founding CEO and president, resigned effective February 1.

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February 5, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Names 'Dementia Care Professional of the Year'
Horticulture Therapist Creates Innovative Program at NYU Langone Medical Center

NEW YORK, NY – When Gwenn Fried first began engaging people with Alzheimer's disease in gardening activities as an intern at a New York hospital, never did she envision what her passion for horticulture would lead to 16 years later. Today, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) announced that Fried is the 2012 Dementia Care Professional of the Year.

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January 7, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offers Annual College Scholarship
Competition Provides Outlet to Educate, Engage Youth About Alzheimer's Disease
 

NEW YORK, NY – For many teenagers, nothing in their lives prepares them for close encounters with an illness that seems so far-removed from their youth – Alzheimer's disease. Yet the number of teens who witness this brain disorder in their own families or communities continues to grow along with the escalating incidence of Alzheimer's disease nationwide.

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January 3, 2013 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Releases Recommendations to Update National Alzheimer's Plan
'Time to Build' Report Declares 'More Needs to Be Done' to Manage Health Crisis

NEW YORK, NY —Noting that "more needs to be done" to tackle the escalating incidence of Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a report that includes more than three dozen recommendations to build upon the current goals of the federal government's historic national Alzheimer's plan and take the initiative to the next level.

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