SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

October 21, 2013 12:00 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Grants to 17 Local Groups

Funds Enable Expansion of Services for People With Dementia and Their Families

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 21, 2013) - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization based in New York, today announced that it has awarded grants totaling $85,000 to 17 local groups across the country that provide support services to people with dementia and their families.

Among the recipients, a common thread of providing interactive enrichment activities ran strong. Nine local organizations received funding for programs that utilize music, art, dance or poetry as a means of encouraging communication and expression in individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related illnesses. Other grants will help fund specialized caregiver training programs, support groups, adult day programs, and a camp for youth who have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related illness.

"We commend these organizations for their commitment to providing meaningful programs that help improve the lives of people with dementia," said Bert E. Brodsky, AFA's chairman. "We are pleased to award these grants so that they may build upon these efforts." 

AFA awards the grants twice a year via a competitive process -- one of multiple grant programs available to AFA's nonprofit member organizations to develop or enhance services in their communities for people with dementia and their families.

The grant recipients in this cycle -- each awarded $5,000 -- are: AGE of Central Texas, Austin, Texas; ALPS Adult Day Services, Morristown, Tenn.; The Alzheimer's Project, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.; Brooklyn Arts Council (Alzheimer's Poetry Project), Brooklyn, N.Y.; CJE Senior Life, Chicago; Clelian Adult Day Center, Hamden, Conn.; FiftyForward, Nashville, Tenn.; forMemory, Inc., Dodgeville, Wis.; the Guest House, Inc. Senior Health and Activities, Gainesville, Ga.; Inspirit, Inc., Lake Worth, Fla.; Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc., Nanuet, N.Y.; NeuroScience Foundation, Decatur, Ga.; Range Respite, Virginia, Minn.; Riverstone Senior Life Services, New York; Rhythm Break Cares, New York; Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, Port Townsend, Wash.; and Wyoming Dementia Care, Casper, Wyo.

To learn more about AFA membership and available grants, visit www.alzfdn.org, or call 866-232-8484.

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America : 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, staffed by licensed social workers; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training, along with teen- and college student-specific divisions. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter (@alzfdn), and "like" us on Facebook (facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica).

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