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Alzheimer's Foundation of America and Samarion(SM) Form Strategic Alliance to Enhance Care for Individuals with Dementia
Date:7/9/2009

Partnership will focus on innovative technologies and enhanced caregiver training

NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), New York, NY, and Samarion Inc., Jackson, MS, announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to address the critical need for optimal dementia care through Samarion's quality improvement technology and AFA's enhanced training programs for healthcare professionals.

Samarion's Enterprise Quality Improvement System is designed to ensure the safety, security and privacy of individuals at risk for falls, wandering, elopement, abuse and neglect. The unique system monitors all aspects of ambulation, socialization and related activities of daily living to promote the healthiest and safest environment possible. The Samarion system is currently installed at two facilities and planned for dozens more across the country.

AFA's professional training branch, Dementia Care Professionals of America, provides comprehensive training for the safe and effective care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and sets standards of excellence through its qualification designation. Currently, more than 3,500 professionals have obtained the status of AFA Qualified Dementia Care Provider or AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialist.

Under the partnership, AFA and Samarion will work together to establish and enhance integrated technological and training systems for myriad settings, including residences, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes, as well as assist in the transitions in care environments.

"The enormous care challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease call for novel solutions, collaboration and a combination of high tech and high touch," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and CEO.

"Samarion's pioneering and innovative technology offers protection and dignity fo
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