AFA E-Newsletter July, 2017 

AFA Awards Grants to Support Respite Care Services for Member Organizations
AFA recently awarded grants to 20 outstanding non-profit member organizations in 15 states to support respite care services for families living with Alzheimer's.  Each recipient will receive $5,000 in funding through the Milton & Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grant program.
The grant program was created to help address the overwhelming need for respite care. The grants are named in memory of Phyllis Berg, who battled Alzheimer's disease for nine years, and her husband Milton, who was her primary caregiver. They are the parents of longtime AFA Board member Barry Berg.  

The grant recipients include:

  • AGE of Central Texas
  • Memory Matters (S.C.)
  • Alzheimer's Orange County (CA)
  • Area Agency on Aging for North Florida
  • Community Adult Respite Experience (N.C.)
  • Payson Senior Center, Inc. (AZ)
  • Visiting Homemaker Services of Passaic County (HomeCare Options) (NJ)
  • Alzheimer's Services of Capital Area (LA)
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
  • County of El Dorado - Health & Human Services Agency (CA)
  • Conejo Valley Senior Concerns (CA)
  • Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services (a program of HopeHealth, MA) (MA)
  • Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc. (NY)
  • OPICA Adult Day Program & Counseling Center (CA)
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging
  • Southeastern Wake Adult Day Center (NC)
  • Bethesda Health Group (MO)
  • Lee-Russell Aging Foundation (AL)
  • Old Friends Club (WA)
AFA regularly provides grants to its member organizations, so they can develop or enhance educational and support services, as well as support families in need in their communities.
  AFA member organizations interested in obtaining grant applications can do so by logging into AFA's website here.
AFA is able to provide this critical support as a result of the generosity of individual contributions, grants, sponsorships and AFA development activities. To help support these initiatives, please click here.
Washington Upd ates:

CDC Report Shows Alzheimer's Death Rate Growing

Death rates from Alzheimer's climbed by 55 percent from 1999-2014 and the number of Americans afflicted with the disease is likely to continue to rise rapidly in the coming years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Among its conclusions, the CDC  stated there is a growing number of caregivers who likely can benefit from interventions like education, respite care and home health assistance, all programs and services which AFA provides.  Read the report here.

House Appropriations Committee Approves $400 Million Increase for Alzheimer's Research in FY'18. 

The House Appropriations Committee recently approved a spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2018 which includes $1.8 billion - $400 million more than last year - for Alzheimer's disease research at the National Institute of Health (NIH). This is a positive step forward, but it still must be approved by both the full House and Senate before it can go to the President for approval.  AFA will keep working with legislators in both houses of Congress to get research funding levels at $2 billion annually, the amount leading research scientists say is necessary to get us to a cure or modifying treatment by 2025 as articulated in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

Senate Committee Moves CHRONIC Care Act Forward


The Senate Finance Committee approved the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 (S870), a bill which AFA supports.  The legislation includes a 3 year extension of the successful Independence at Home (IAH) program and an expansion of telehealth services that make it easier for patients to communicate with their doctors in real-time.  AFA continues to advocate for passage of the bill by the full Senate and House of Representatives.

Some of country music's biggest names came together for a benefit concert which raised funds to support AFA's programs and services for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. 

The all-star lineup of Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, Andrea Pearson and William Michael Morgan put on an amazing show for a sell-out crowd of 400 people at City Winery-Nashville. Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander emceed the event.
Warner Music Nashville executive Shane Tarleton organized the event in memory of his grandmother, Jewel Austin, who passed away from the disease. The intimate night of music was held in her honor.

Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford








Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

New Board Member Spotlight
Edward D. Miller is one of the newest members of the AFA Board of Directors.  
He is chairman of the board of American Express Centurion Bank and a director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.  He is also a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation and Phoenix House.  In addition, Mr. Miller is chairman of the Partnership for New York City's Security and Risk Management Task Force.

Mr. Miller is the former president and chief executive officer of AXA Financial, Inc., and served as a member of the supervisory board and senior advisor to the chief executive of AXA Group from June 2001 to April 2003. He majored in finance at Pace University and completed management programs at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Pace University, Long Island University and Lehman College. Mr. Miller also served in the United States Marine Corps.

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