NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 30, 2016) - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has issued a statement following the passing of comedic actor, screenwriter and director, Gene Wilder, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Bert Brodsky, AFA's founder and board chairman: "We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most talented individuals in the world. Mr. Wilder was not only an icon in the entertainment industry, but he was just as well-known for his kindness and generosity. All of us here at the Alzheimer's Foundation of America offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Wilder's family. We are determined to continue our efforts in the battle against Alzheimer's disease, which currently affects more than 5 million Americans."
"There is a little less laughter in the world today, following Mr. Wilder's passing. He was adored by so many people around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilder family, as they celebrate his life and legacy," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer.
About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program, and "AFA Partners in Care" dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.