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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

r individuals with dementia while addressing critical areas of concern for both family and professional caregivers," he added. "This partnership adds another vital dimension to AFA's ongoing efforts to reduce safety risks, and is based on our like-minded missions to provide optimal services and quality assurance to the dementia community by adopting new approaches that raise the bar on care.

Mark E. Rodgers, chairman and chief executive of Samarion, said, "The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has been the national conscience in defining excellence of care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Its renowned training program embodies best practices in every aspect of care."

"Coupled with our current and future quality improvement technologies, we will together usher in a new era of care that is vitally needed," Rodgers said. "It is my sincere hope that our partnership will also initiate a national discussion, bringing together all stakeholders to develop a unified plan that will reform and enhance dementia care."

The strategic alliance comes as the nation faces a rising incidence of Alzheimer's disease in line with the aging population. Currently, it is estimated that as many as 4.5 million Americans have the brain disorder, characterized by loss of memory and other intellectual function. With age the greatest known risk factor, the number of cases doubles every five years between ages 65 and 95. Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is a national nonprofit organization based in New York that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their families, and unites more than 1,200 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line with counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiv
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