Press Releases 2014
December 9, 2014 - ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NAMES 2014 DEMENTIA CARE PROFESSIONALS OF THE YEAR
New York, NY (December 9, 2014) — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) division today announced two “Dementia Care Professionals of the Year” for 2014. This marks the first time two individuals have been awarded this distinction. Lorenzo Mejia, president of Acorn Home Care in Carrboro, N.C., and Dr. Gary Steinke, associate chief of geriatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. are also the first male care partners to receive this honor.
October 27, 2014 - ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA INTRODUCES REMEMBER TOGETHER - National Public Awareness Campaign Invites People to Recreate Photos of Cherished Memories, Encourages Early Detection of Memory Issues at Free Screenings Nationwide
New York, NY (October 27, 2014) — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families, today launched Remember Together, a public awareness campaign that asks people to remember together the importance of keeping their cherished memories alive. The public is invited to recreate old photos of favorite memories and share them via social media using #RememberTogether. Photo recreations can be viewed at www.RememberTogetherAFA.org.
September 30, 2014 - AMERICAN MEDICAL ID AND ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA TEAM UP TO INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS - Portion of proceeds from ID jewelry sales will support foundation's care-related mission
HOUSTON (September 30, 2014) — American Medical ID and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announced a collaborative agreement to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and the importance of wearing medical IDs for people with these brain disorders.
September 25, 2014 - INFOGRAPHIC - EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN: OPTIMAL LIVING SPACE FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS
NEW YORK (September 25, 2014) — A new report, “Excellence in Design: Optimal living space for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias,” offers recommendations for the design of care settings that would facilitate high-quality, comprehensive, person-centered dementia care.
August 12, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION TO HOLD TWO PHONE-BASED CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS
NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) — At any given time, family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses can face a variety of challenges, from changing behaviors to changing interpersonal relationships. To help provide caregivers with an opportunity to express their feelings and learn practical coping skills, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will be hosting two phone-based support groups this fall.
August 7, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AND LONG ISLAND ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION JOIN FORCES - Agreement Expands Foundations' Joint Mission of Providing Optimal Care
NEW YORK (August 7, 2014) — Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)—a national non-profit organization that unites more than 1,700 member organizations in the mission of providing optimal care and services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease, as well as family and professional caregivers—today announced that AFA and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) have joined forces.
June 2, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AND RITE AID TO OFFER FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS NATIONWIDE
NEW YORK (June 2, 2014) — "Would you like a hard candy?" For Laura McCarter, of Newark, Del., this simple question that her grandfather has asked time and time again became a powerful illustration of how Alzheimer's disease dramatically changes someone's life and the lives of those around them.
May 8, 2014 - PENNSYLVANIA SENIOR ORGANIZATION BECOMES FIRST TO EARN SYSTEM-WIDE ‘EXCELLENCE IN CARE’ DISTINCTION FROM ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
NEW YORK (May 8, 2014) — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit organization based in Allentown, Pa., has achieved AFA’s “Excellence in Care” distinction for all of its specialized memory care programs at seven senior adult continuum of care communities throughout Pennsylvania. This marks the first time an organization has applied for and attained system-wide fulfillment of AFA’s national standards for dementia care settings.
May 6, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
NEW YORK (May 6, 2014) — "Would you like a hard candy?" For Laura McCarter, of Newark, Del., this simple question that her grandfather has asked time and time again became a powerful illustration of how Alzheimer's disease dramatically changes someone's life and the lives of those around them.
April 29, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA RELEASES REPORT ON CARE COSTS
NEW YORK (April 29, 2014) — In an effort to advance some of the goals in the "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease," the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a report that quantifies several of the plan's care delivery provisions and offers a cost-benefit analysis of their implementation. The report finds that a handful of projects will provide significant cost savings—more than $110 billion during a 10-year period—while promoting better health outcomes for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and improving quality of life for their caregivers.
April 22, 2014 - OLDER AMERICANS AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE BY THE NUMBERS
NEW YORK (April 22, 2014) — It's no secret that our nation's population is aging. And, while Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are not part of the normal aging process, the incidence of these brain disorders is rising in line with the increasing number of older Americans. In recognition of Older Americans Month in May, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a new, infographic offering a glimpse into older Americans and Alzheimer's disease, and the issues facing our nation now and in the coming years.
April 10, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS LOCAL GRANTS
NEW YORK (April 10, 2014) — In the absence of a cure for Alzheimer's disease, care and enrichment programs are vital for maintaining quality of life for individuals with the brain disorder and for their families. Today, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization announced that it has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to 10 local groups from coast to coast that provide such services.
April 8, 2014 - DEADLINE APPROACHING: ALZHEIMER'S INNOVATION GRANT
NEW YORK (April 8, 2014) — From a rehabilitation program that tailors its therapies to an individual's abilities to an iPad app designed to spark conversation around classic works of art, countless organizations across the country are taking a fresh approach to support and engage people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. And each year, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) awards one such group its Brodsky Innovation Grant in recognition of a service or program that improves the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
March 26, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA STATEMENT ON TASK FORCE'S RECOMMENDATION ON SCREENING FOR DEMENTIA
NEW YORK (March 26, 2014) — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care and services to people with dementia and their families, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's (USPSTF) recommendation on universal screening for dementia in people ages 65 and older with no signs or symptoms of cognitive impairment. While the USPSTF found adequate evidence that some screening tools have sufficiently high sensitivity and specificity to be clinically useful in identifying dementia, the group found inadequate direct evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment and of non-pharmacologic interventions.
March 10, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA STATEMENT ON BLOOD TEST STUDY
NEW YORK (March 10, 2014) — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care and services to people with dementia and their families, today issued the following statement in response to a newly published study in "Nature Medicine," regarding a blood test that could predict whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease.
February 26, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA ISSUES STATEMENT TO SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AT HEARING
NEW YORK (February 26, 2014) — The Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies held a hearing on Wednesday, entitled, "Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer's Disease in America." Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) submitted testimony, calling on Congress to attack the growing Alzheimer's disease crisis head on and consider concrete steps to provide relief to families.
February 10, 2014 - FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NAMED WINNER OF ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA'S VIDEO COMPETITION
NEW YORK (February 10, 2014) — Alexis Brown, 17, of Jacksonville Fla., likens her great-grandmother's experience with Alzheimer's disease to "being trapped behind glass and screaming to get out, but not knowing quite how…" Her dramatic depiction of this and other ramifications of the brain disorder has netted her the top prize in the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) "Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness" video competition.
February 3, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA URGES ADMINISTRATION TO DOUBLE DOWN ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FUNDING IN FY'15 BUDGET
NEW YORK (February 3, 2014) — In a letter to President Obama, Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., the chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), has called for doubling down its investment in Alzheimer's disease research and support services in next year's budget by increasing funds for this "unprecedented public health crisis" by at least $500 million. This proposed increase would boost the approximately $530 million for Alzheimer's disease included in the FY'14 budget at the National Institutes on Aging (NIA) to more than $1 billion in FY'15.
January 16, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AWARDS $100,000+ IN FAMILY RESPITE CARE GRANTS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE
NEW YORK (January 16, 2014) — As an increasing number of families bear the financial, physical and emotional toll of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to community organizations nationwide to give family caregivers a much-needed break.
January 6, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA OFFERS ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
NEW YORK (January 6, 2014) — As more and more teens nationwide are experiencing Alzheimer's disease in their families or through volunteer experiences, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is again hosting its "Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness" college scholarship competition.
January 2, 2014 - ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NAMES CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR. TO CEO POST
NEW YORK (January 2, 2014) — Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Chairman Bert E. Brodsky announced today that Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., an eight-term New York state senator, has been appointed chief executive officer of the leading national nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to optimal care for individuals with dementia and their families.
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