Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Offer Grant for Innovative Service

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Optimal dementia care can mean the world of difference to individuals with the disease and their families. Toward that end, 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 people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.

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This grant will recognize a program that goes outside the box to better serve the needs of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Optimal dementia care can mean the world of difference to individuals with the disease and their families. Toward that end, 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 people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.

This marks the seventh year that AFA will award The Brodsky Grant, which honors AFA’s chairman, Bert E. Brodsky, and his wife, Muriel. It funds a program that is innovative, meets the greatest need, and can be successfully put into practice and later replicated in other communities.

This year, the award could not come at a more pivotal point. In January, the first of 78 million baby boomers began crossing the 65 and older threshold, putting them at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease; advanced age is the biggest known risk factor for the brain disorder.

“The Brodsky Grant addresses a major health crisis currently facing our nation,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO. “This grant will recognize a program that goes outside the box to better serve the needs of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and helps to set a new standard of care that others very often seek to emulate.”

The grant process is open only to AFA’s nonprofit member organizations, and applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2011. To find out more about AFA membership and AFA’s grant programs, visit http://www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

Among some of the past grant recipients, organizations have used the funds to provide training in nonverbal communication strategies, to offer mental and physical stimulation utilizing high-technology and low-technology tools, and to develop a documentary about individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

In addition to The Brodsky Grant, AFA awards grants twice a year, in the spring and fall, to multiple AFA member organizations for programs and services that improve quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit 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. Its services include a toll-free hot line, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www.alzfdn.org.

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