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[February 14, 2013]

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offers Grant for Innovative Service

New York, NY, Feb 14, 2013 ( via COMTEX) -- With the projected prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in the United States expected to triple by mid-century, providing the best possible care for Americans affected by the brain disorder becomes all the more critical. That's why the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is seeking to award a $25,000 grant to a deserving nonprofit organization with a novel program or service that improves the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related illness.

AFA, a New York-based national nonprofit organization, awards the "The AFA Innovation Grant" annually for a new or existing project that demonstrates innovativeness, greatest need, and can be successfully put into practice and later replicated in other communities.

The competitive grant application process is open only to AFA's nonprofit member organizations, and applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2013. To find out more about AFA membership and grant programs, visit or call 866-232-8484.

"This year's grant takes on increasing significance given the tremendous strain on nonprofit organizations to balance economic conditions and the current and future needs of their communities," said Carol Steinberg, AFA's acting chief executive officer. "The ever-changing Alzheimer's disease landscape requires insight and innovation now more than ever." In its ninth year, "The AFA Innovation Grant" previously supported such projects as the development of an app featuring museum artwork and arts-related activities; training in nonverbal communication strategies; and a documentary about the unique needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome.

In addition to this grant, AFA regularly awards grants twice a year to multiple nonprofit member organizations based on a competitive review process.

A government-funded study released earlier this month projects that as many as 13.8 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease by 2050--up from an estimated 5.1 million Americans currently diagnosed. With advanced age the greatest risk factor for the disease, its incidence is rising in line with the nation's aging population. The progressive neurodegenerative disorder results in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit 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 counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line, e-mail, Skype and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484 or visit

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