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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Grants to Local Groups Nationwide

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded grants totaling $40,000 to eight grassroots organizations across the country that will enable them to develop or enhance educational and support services in their communities for individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their families.

The $5,000 grants to each organization will fund a variety of programs, including support services for underserved rural areas, a system to track wanderers and a creative arts program.

AFA, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on the care needs of those with dementia, presents these grants twice a year based on a competitive application process. Only AFA's nonprofit member organizations qualify.

"Each organization's grant is unique in its ability to impact the lives of its community members, and all of these innovative programs together have the ability to influence the overall state of dementia care nationwide," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and chief executive officer.

Among the latest grant recipients, The Alzheimer's Poetry Project, New York, will implement a program in New York City public schools to teach students public speaking skills and methods to utilize poems to interact with people with dementia. The youngsters, attending third grade through high school, will then put this knowledge to use at assisted living facilities and adult day centers.

The Alzheimer Society of Washington, Bellingham, will form a support group for people newly diagnosed with dementia, which will provide intellectual stimulation activities and physical exercises, and encourage participants to become proactive in their own care.

Reaching out to rural communities, THE ARK, Summerville, SC, will expand its respite care program and other support services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers in underserved areas.

In addition, the Saline County Sheriff Office's Search and Rescue, Benton, AR, will expand Project Lifesaver, a rapid response system that tracks missing individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses. In the past, AFA has similarly funded the startup or expansion of Project Lifesaver programs in other communities.

Applications for AFA's next round of bi-annual grants are due August 1, 2008. In addition to these grants, AFA filters money back into the community through an annual grant, The Brodsky Grant, given to one innovative program or service, as well as through family respite care grants and an annual AFA Teens college scholarship.

For more information about AFA membership and the available funding opportunities, call 866-232-8484 or visit

Currently, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, including one-in-ten aged 65 or older and nearly one-in-two aged 85 or older. The incidence is expected to triple by mid-century.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit

SOURCE Alzheimer's Foundation of America
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