SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

April 10, 2014 12:52 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards Local Grants

10 Groups Nationwide Will Use Funds to Support People With Dementia

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - April 10, 2014) - In the absence of a cure for Alzheimer's disease, care and enrichment programs are vital for maintaining quality of life for individuals with the brain disorder and for their families. Today, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization announced that it has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to 10 local groups from coast to coast that provide such services.

Five of the grants will help grassroots nonprofit agencies fund programs -- from the creative arts to education -- aimed at supporting and engaging people with dementia and their caregivers. To help foster communication and self-expression among attendees of adult day centers, one organization will use storytelling techniques, another will adapt its hands-on art making workshops and participatory art conversations for Spanish-speaking individuals, and a third will purchase iPads, a karaoke machine and other technology. Another group will provide in-home practical education and customized support services to family caregivers in rural areas. A fifth agency will implement a wellness program that includes twice weekly exercise classes and video game-based recreational therapy.

AFA awarded the other five grants to law enforcement agencies to create or sustain Project Lifesaver search and rescue programs. Project Lifesaver's rapid response program relies on specialized electronic search equipment and specially trained search and rescue teams to locate adults and children who become lost due to Alzheimer's disease, autism and other conditions. These grants will allow program administrators to purchase additional receivers and train law enforcement personnel, and supply wristband transmitters to clients.

"The needs of the dementia population continue to increase in local communities, as the incidence of the disease escalates," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's chief executive officer. "These organizations are going above and beyond to deliver quality care today and in the future to people affected by this heartbreaking disease."

AFA offers multiple grant programs to its nonprofit member organizations for the development or bolstering of services for people with dementia and their families.

The Spring 2014 grant recipients -- each awarded $5,000 -- are: Anchorage Police Department Volunteer Search Team, Anchorage, Alaska; Arts & Minds, New York, N.Y.; Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, Mays Landing, N.J.; Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.; Lexington, Mass.; E.A. Roberts Center, Mobile, Ala.; Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, Farmington, Ill.; Mental Health American of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.; Natrona County Sheriff's Office, Casper, Wyo.; Palm Springs Police Department, Palm Springs, Calif.; and Pastime Club, Minocqua, Wis.

To learn more about AFA membership and available grants, visit, 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, follow us on Twitter, and "like" us on Facebook

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