SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

September 24, 2015 09:45 ET

Deadline Approaching: Dementia Care Professional of the Year

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 24, 2015) - Dementia care professionals truly are in a class by themselves. They face myriad challenges each day-from things as basic as assisting with personal care to communication difficulties resulting from dementia symptoms. Often unacknowledged, dementia care professionals are working behind the scenes to really get to know the individuals in their care and tailor the way in which they interact with, and provide care to, them. One such caregiver will earn the title of "Dementia Care Professional of the Year." October 1 is the deadline to nominate a deserving healthcare professional for this award.

Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) conducts this annual search to honor an individual for exhibiting professional excellence, compassion and dedication in caring for people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses.

The eighth annual competition is open to dementia care professionals of all types-physicians, physician's assistants, nurses, home health aides, social workers, geriatric care mangers, and occupational, physical and recreational therapists.

"Many of today's dementia care professionals go above and beyond what was once thought to be the standard of care," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer. "The care landscape is changing with professionals increasingly taking a more person-centered approach. This competition gives us a chance to showcase some of the professionals who are setting an example for people across the country.

Professionals may be recommended by their peers, colleagues, employers, clients or clients' families and do not need to be affiliated with DCPA or AFA. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2015. For more information or to apply, visit www.careprofessionals.org.

Founded in November 2004, DCPA offers training, certification and other benefits to dementia care professionals, with the goal of raising the bar on care and setting standards of excellence through unique training and qualification programs. DCPA has trained more than 8,300 professionals of all levels and continues to grow. Its new DVD-based professional training series, "AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia" is now available for purchase and has been recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as a provider of continuing education contact hours for licensed social workers. DCPA also offers onsite training. For more information, visit www.careprofessionals.org.

About the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a non-profit founded by a consortium of organizations to fill the gap that existed on a national level assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA unites more than 2,300 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy -- all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. AFA's services include a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, professional training, community outreach, free quarterly caregiver magazine, research funding, public advocacy and programmatic services. 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.

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