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December 21, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Public Voted for Foundation to Be Charity Navigator’s Next Rated Organization

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announced today that it has received the highest rating--four stars--from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator of charitable organizations.

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December 9, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Official to Testify Before Congress and Urge Policymakers to Act Now on Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis
Foundation’s CEO to Call for End to ‘Devastation’ in House Subcommittee Testimony Today

NEW YORK, NY—Eric J. Hall, the president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), today will call on policymakers to “end the devastation” caused by Alzheimer’s disease in testimony before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

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December 7, 2010 - More Celebrities Rally Behind Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Successful Telethon
Athletes and Actors Urge Americans to Get Help, Share Tributes, Support the Cause

NEW YORK, NY— Building on the awareness raising of Alzheimer’s disease by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) successful “Together for Care” telethon last weekend, more leading celebrities are speaking out about the brain disorder and urging Americans to take advantage of as well as support programs and services nationwide.

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December 1, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Celebrity Lineup on ‘Together for Care’ Telethon and Urges President Obama to Declare ‘Decade of Care’

NEW YORK, NY— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is pressing to raise Alzheimer’s disease to an unprecedented level of awareness by holding the nation’s first Alzheimer’s disease telethon on December 4 and simultaneously calling on Americans to urge President Obama and Congress to declare a “decade of care.”

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November 23, 2010 - Al Roker Talks to Children About Alzheimer’s Disease on Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s First ‘Together for Care’ Telethon

NEW YORK, NY— Highlighting the potentially crushing impact on young children and teens when a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will feature a heartwarming educational discussion and a family profile on this important topic as part of its first-ever Alzheimer’s disease telethon on December 4.

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November 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation to Hold National Memory Screening Day
Influx of Aging Baby Boomers Emphasizes Importance of Event

NEW YORK, NY— With memory concerns and successful aging major topics of concern for the aging population, especially as the first baby boomers turn 65 next year, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is answering the call by offering free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about brain health during its 8th annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 16.

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November 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ‘Together for Care’ Telethon to Include Leading Celebrities
Wilson Phillips Reunites on Stage to Help Rally Nation to Address Health Crisis

NEW YORK, NY— In tribute to their own loved ones or other individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease, leading celebrities will unite around this looming health crisis by participating in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)’s “Together for Care” telethon on December 4.

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November 8, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Teens Video Competition

New York, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is putting out a call to teens to get out their video cameras and record their personal stories related to Alzheimer’s disease for AFA’s inaugural AFA Teens Video Competition.

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November 8, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting to Honor Individuals Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY —When Lynn Pearson of Titusville, FL lights a candle to honor her sister on November 14, she’ll be joining thousands of families across the nation whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease—families who are coming together in spirit to take part in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Commemorative Candle Lighting.

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November 3, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Introduce Free Memory Screenings in Spanish
Higher Risk for Latinos Emphasizes Importance of National Memory Screening Day Event

NEW YORK, NEW YORK— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in collaboration with the Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance, Mexican Consulate and major hospitals will offer free, confidential memory screenings in Spanish in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York on various dates in November.

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October 6, 2010 - President Obama Pens Column in Latest Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Magazine
Article Addresses Healthcare Concerns of Alzheimer’s Community

NEW YORK, NY — President Obama is featured as a guest columnist in the latest issue of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) quarterly magazine for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, care ADvantage. In his column, he outlines important provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are relevant to the Alzheimer’s community, such as health insurance, drug coverage and long-term care.

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October 4, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Hold Inaugural ‘Together for Care’ Telethon
Historic TV Event Aimed at Rallying Nation to Address Health Crisis

NEW YORK, NY The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host an inaugural “Together for Care” telethon on December 4, marking the major focus of a comprehensive campaign by AFA to rally the nation to address this escalating health crisis and prepare to care for the projected surge in the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease in addition to the millions of families currently affected by it.

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September 15, 2010 - Country Music Artists Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
2 nd Annual ‘For the Love of George’ Event to Rock Nashville

NEW YORK, NY — Three years ago, country artist Brett Eldredge received a call from his parents, telling him that his grandmother had forgotten his grandfather’s name. In that moment, Eldredge said, “Alzheimer’s became real,” and the next day, inspired by his grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, he wrote his new single, “Raymond.”

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August 9, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Updates Teleconference for Dementia Caregivers

NEW YORK, NY — To meet the growing needs of the dementia community, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has updated its free, educational teleconference service to encourage both family members and professionals caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness to take advantage of its expert presentations and support network.

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April 20, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2010 College Scholarship Winner
Teen Chronicles Loss of Dad Affected by Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY—“That disease is only for old people. It wouldn’t affect such a young man,” Katherine Henley, 18, wrote. “But it did. And it was my dad.”

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February 11, 2010 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Applauds Social Security for Speeding Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today applauded the Social Security Administration for including early-onset Alzheimer’s disease among the medical conditions that will be given automatic approval for disability benefits, rather than have individuals go through what could be a lengthy qualification process.

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December 28, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers College Scholarship
Annual Competition Provides Chance to Reflect on Brain Disorder

NEW YORK, NY—For many teens, it is caring for their own grandparents or even parents with Alzheimer’s disease that leads them to apply. For others, it is a meaningful connection with a resident while volunteering at a local nursing home or the excitement of researching possible treatment breakthroughs during a lab stint that prompts them to participate.

 

November 9, 2009 - Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease to be Remembered During Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting

NEW YORK, NY—For Frank Hester of Manteo, NC, what a difference a year makes. Last November, his mother, Naomi, belted out “Amazing Grace” at a candle lighting ceremony that paid tribute to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease—she, among them. Although she needed some prompting from her husband and community members, Hester sang with the same beautiful voice and enjoyment as she had done her whole life.

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November 4, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases Top Flu Facts for Caregivers of People with Dementia in Light of Additional Care Issues, Complications

NEW YORK , NY — With the flu continuing to spread nationwide, imagine adding the virus into the mix when someone is already coping with a chronic illness like Alzheimer’s disease. In an effort to help families manage this situation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today released tips for caregivers of individuals with dementia who believe they or the people they are caring for have the flu.

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September 21, 2009 - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Names Actor Hector Elizondo as Honorary Chairman

NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that actor Hector Elizondo, whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease, will serve as the honorary celebrity chairman of AFA.

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September 10, 2009 - ‘Today’ Show’s Joy Bauer to Keynote Alzheimer’s Foundation National Conference
Powerful Dementia-Related ‘Quilt to Remember’ to be Displayed

NEW YORK, NY — As Alzheimer’s disease takes hold of more aging Americans, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free national conference in Chicago on September 24 that will offer strategies for individuals living with the disease today and those hoping to head it off tomorrow.

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August 3, 2009 — Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers Support Group for Young Onset Dementia

NEW YORK, NY - For individuals diagnosed with young onset dementia, it may seem as though they are the only ones facing this rare form of the disease.

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May 12, 2009 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces 2009 College Scholarship Winner
Teens Nationwide Echo Call for Alzheimer’s Awareness

NEW YORK, NY— Emily Riber, 17, always knew her grandfather for his charming sense of humor, and as she watched Alzheimer’s disease rob him of the jokes he once told, she took comfort in the social workers who were there to guide him and her family. It was their ability to improve his quality of life and the invaluable resources they provided to her family that have inspired her to pursue a career in social work.

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November 10, 2008 ‘No Cost’ Ways to Get Informed and Get Help about Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Urges Action during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

NEW YORK , NY – As economic woes and healthcare cost concerns continue to grip the nation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging families of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to take advantage of free services and monetary awards that can help reduce the financial toll of this chronic disease.

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October 24, 2008 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Display Heartfelt Quilt to Remember
Port Authority Exhibit Coincides with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

NEW YORK, NY— For several months, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias attending programs at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (JCC) in East Hills, NY were hard at work, creating a heartfelt quilt that speaks with their voices about the brain disorder.

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September 19, 2008 New Alzheimer’s Social Awareness Postage Stamp Unveiled
Stamp recognizes importance of knowing more about Alzheimer’s Disease
SAN FRANCISCO — James Larkin, U.S. Postal Service Senior Plant Manager in San Francisco and Patricia Garamendi, assistant general manager, California Exposition and State Fair and wife of Lt. Gov. John Garamendi yesterday unveiled the new Alzheimer’s Awareness commemorative postage stamp as part of a special presentation at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Concepts in Care Conference. The conference took place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

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September 12, 2008 New Alzheimer’s Social Awareness Postage Stamp to be Unveiled
Stamp recognizes importance of knowing more about Alzheimer’s Disease

SAN FRANCISCO — Alzheimer’s awareness will be the focus of attention on Sept. 18, 2008 when the U.S. Postal Service and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will unveil a commemorative postage stamp at a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco.  The 42-cent Alzheimer’s Awareness stamp will be available at Post Offices nationwide beginning October 17, 2008.

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July 21, 2008 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Announces Second Annual Teens Scholarship, Continues Efforts to Educate, Engage Youth

NEW YORK, NY—It is becoming a new reality for many teenagers—balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities with the added responsibility of caring for ailing parents and grandparents. Holly Hedberg of Phoenix, AZ can relate. When only nine- years-old, she learned that her father had Alzheimer’s disease and began assisting her mother with caregiving responsibilities.

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June 25, 2008 Alzheimer’s Foundation Challenges Nation to Contribute to Quilt to Remember
Call to Action Comes in Light of Climbing Death Rate

NEW YORK, NY— For the past two years, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember has been powerfully yet tenderly sharing the stories of lives lost to Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses—those like Noble Shaw, a veteran married to Glenda for 46 years; Porter Burt, a farmer; and Audrey Zieske, who taught her daughter how to sew.

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April 30, 2008 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Quilt Remembers Moms
2008 Tour of Heartfelt Collection Begins Mother’s Day Weekend

NEW YORK, NY—Susan McMullan Ledgerwood was only eight when her paternal grandmother, Mary Lou McMullan, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. But she remembers her grandmother’s very last hug as vividly as if they were still clinging to each other in a nursing home in rural Mississippi in 1979.

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April 24, 2008 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Awards Inaugural College Scholarship

NEW YORK, NY—Like many other high school seniors across the nation, Holly Hedberg of Phoenix, AZ is currently deciding on which college to attend next fall. But there is one thing she is sure of: at whichever school, she plans to pursue researching the potential causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

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April 16, 2008 Experts Urge Increased Services for Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Call for Sid Jacobson JCC Program to be Model for Nation

NEW YORK, NY—“You’re looking at two men up here who aren’t that old,” declared Jim Mueller, 39, referring to himself and Brian Kammerer, 50, of Massapequa Park. “I came here today as a younger person to tell you that it’s a reality out there that we can get this.”

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April 2, 2008 Conference to Explore when Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes at Young Age

NEW YORK, NY — It was raining yesterday in Elgin, IL and the girls’ varsity softball game at Westminster Christian High School had to be cancelled. The team’s coach, Jim Mueller, forgot to let the parents know. Instead, a player’s mom spread the word. Any other team might have gotten annoyed, but not in this case. In fact, these players are used to seeing Mueller openly study his notebook in order to remember his coaching drills—and they’re understanding about it.

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March 26, 2008 New Alzheimer's Disease Survey Reveals Children of Sandwich Caregivers Assist With Loved Ones' Care
Three In Five Caregivers Say Their Children Help Care For Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Disease

NEW YORK, NY — Results from the third annual Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) ICAN: Investigating Caregivers’ Attitudes and Needs Survey suggest that Alzheimer’s disease care is a family affair. Most “sandwich caregivers” – the parents or guardians of children under 21 who also care for an aging parent, other relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease – say their children are assisting with caregiving responsibilities that range from attending doctors’ appointments to feeding and dressing their loved ones.

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December 10, 2007 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Kicks Off Teens Initiatives
Introduces First College Scholarship and New Web Site

NEW YORK, NY — Six years ago, at the age of nine, Courtney Henley of Westbury, NY found herself in a situation unlike most other kids her age. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when he was only 36, and, since then, Henley has painstakingly watched her father’s illness progress.

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September 20, 2006 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Set to Unveil Quilt to Remember

NEW YORK , NY — For the past few months, Rebecca Romano of Edna, TX has scoured fabric stores in her town and on the Internet for specific patterns that express her father’s life: blue bonnets, the flowers he tended in his garden; his favorite Bible scripture; symbols of the United States Navy; and cowboy boots, a tribute to his wannabe career.

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July 11, 2006 — Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Showcases New Jewelry Line to Honor Caregivers

NEW YORK , NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has introduced a jewelry line that, in addition to being highly fashionable, makes more than merely a fashion statement: it is designed to recognize the heroic act of caregiving and to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Champion Ice Dancer Morgan Matthews Joins AFA Teens

Eighteen-year-old Morgan Matthews, 2005 World Junior Ice Dancing Champion, has joined the AFA Teens Advisory Board and plans to do special fundraising performances for AFA to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Her late grandmother had Alzheimer's disease.

 

AFA Teens Featured in CosmoGIRL Magazine

Neha Chauhan, Founder and president of AFA Teens, was featured in the October 2005 issue of CosmoGIRL magazine as its first "She's so CosmoGIRL!"

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