Navigation Links
MetLife Foundation Awards $815,000 to Alzheimer's Association for Hispanic Outreach and Safety Initiatives
Date:4/3/2008

CHICAGO, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing the escalating number of Alzheimer's cases in the U.S., MetLife Foundation has awarded two grants to the Alzheimer's Association, totaling $815,000, to support educational outreach to the Hispanic community and training for emergency responders who encounter those with Alzheimer's and dementia in their work. MetLife Foundation is a longtime funder of research, advocacy and programming around Alzheimer's disease and has been providing grant support to the Alzheimer's Association for more than two decades.

The Hispanic outreach grant of $400,000 will continue to fund efforts previously supported by MetLife Foundation. The grant will fund an extensive media and outreach campaign to the Hispanic population that will include radio and Internet messaging. Further, it will include the introduction of a new Family Caregiver Resource Kit using existing Spanish-language educational materials that raise awareness about the disease. The general public will be able to order the kit online and by phone through a toll-free, bilingual line.

Research suggests that Hispanics are at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease along with other health problems now linked to Alzheimer's, including diabetes, heart and vascular disease. With the Hispanic population growing at a 3.4 percent rate, the highest rate of any minority group, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in this population is projected to increase by 600 percent by 2050.

MetLife Foundation's award of $415,000 for the Emergency Responders Outreach Initiative will support the development of a national training program for emergency responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and others. Funds will be used by the Alzheimer's Association to update and enhance existing training resources, including a DVD, a program curriculum, tip cards and other materials for first responders.

The Alzheimer's Association and its network of 77 chapters use these items to train emergency personnel on Alzheimer's issues, such as how to communicate with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia, and on caregiver stress and safety issues. The materials will focus on specific safety areas like wandering, impaired driving, gun safety, shoplifting, abuse and neglect, and disaster preparedness. The tools will also incorporate a primer on the MedicAlert(R) and Alzheimer's Association Safe Return(R) programs.

"We hope to make the challenging job of being an emergency responder a bit easier," said Julie Sipchen, associate director, Safety Services for the Alzheimer's Association. "These tools will strengthen the partnership between our chapters and those in the community who are working to keep people safe and supported."

"Alzheimer's affects millions of individuals, and the Alzheimer's Association is a leading resource for the general public for accurate information about the disease," said Sibyl Jacobson, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "MetLife Foundation is pleased to support these initiatives, which will provide much-needed resources to communities across the country."

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit http://www.alz.org.

About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation has supported Alzheimer's disease research and outreach activities for more than 20 years. MetLife Foundation has awarded over $11 million in grants through its Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's disease program. It also has a long history of providing support to the Alzheimer's Association in its mission to advance research, public awareness and diversity outreach, as well as enhancing care and support, through initiatives that include caregiving videos, resources for the Hispanic community, and Safe Return. For information about MetLife Foundation, please visit http://www.metlife.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Alzheimer's Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Survey From The Partnership and MetLife Foundation Reveals Important Role Todays Grandparents Play in Teens Lives
2. MetLife Foundation Begins New Phase of Award-Winning Parenting Skills Campaign in Collaboration with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America(R)
3. National Patient Safety Foundation Partners with Vocera Communications
4. R. P. Simmons Family Foundation Pledges $2 Million for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus
5. Patient Advocate Foundation Launches Program to Help Uninsured Virginians with Chronic, Debilitating and Life-Threatening Illness Access Quality Healthcare
6. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Applauds City Commissioners Support of Diversity, Urges Call for Mayors Resignation
7. National Osteoporosis Foundation Teams Up With Ladies Home Journal Magazine to Launch a 10-city Mall Walk Tour
8. Judge Rules That Florida Disease Management Program Serving 8,000 HIV/AIDS Patients Should Be Re-bid, Says AIDS Healthcare Foundation
9. The Tug McGraw Foundation Announces 2007 Fundraising Gala
10. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Pushes for Pre-K Expansion in Georgia
11. Cipla, Tell the Truth; AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launches New Ad Campaign
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints ... for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First ... compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at ... (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris ... of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking ... in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric ... peers in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of ... Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... presenting the latest in wound care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility ... is titled, "Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Wound Care." , "At many of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/22/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced ... now successfully helping those with the widespread pain associated ... diagnosed Amanda in Essex, England ... my hair, experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, ... I cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, ... of bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced ... influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... to seasonal influenza and presents a challenge ... prior exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... FRANCISCO , Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis ... Management Solutions (VLMS), is pleased to announce the ... a member of its Board of Directors and ... ValGenesis VLMS enables life science companies to manage ... the use of paper in this process. Furthermore, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: