AFA E-Newsletter: March 5, 2019
In The News :
Therapy Dogs Help Those Affected By Alzheimer's Smile, Engage and Transform
Dogs are not only man's best friend, they can be care partners too! A recent People magazine story details how AFA is using pet therapy to help improve quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
New Telephone-Based Caregiver Support Group Forming
AFA is adding an additional, telephone-based caregiver support group which will take place on Thursdays from 7-8 pm (ET) beginning April 11th. The group provides caregivers a safe, confidential space to share their concerns and get support.

Call AFA at 866-232-8484 and speak with one of our social workers to register.
AFA Calls for $350 Million Increase in Alzheimer's Research Funding
AFA recently urged President Trump to increase federal Alzheimer's disease research funding by $350 million in Fiscal Year 2020. This would build on the progress of Fiscal Year 2019, which saw Alzheimer's research funding finally top the $2 billion a year amount leading scientists say is needed to find a cure or disease modifying treatment by 2025, the stated goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.
AFA Earns Charity Navigator's Highest Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year
For the fifth consecutive year, AFA has earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of 4 stars for its commitment to fiscal efficiency, accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is one of the nation's largest and most utilized evaluators of charities. The achievement places AFA in a select group; according to Charity Navigator, only 11% of the charities it has evaluated have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations.
New "Alzheimer's Disease from A to Z"
Lecture Series Dates Added!
Upcoming events:

Free and open to all!
2019 Educating America Tour Underway!
The 2019 Educating America Tour recently kicked off in Las Vegas, NV, with stops in Tempe, AZ on March 12th, Denver, CO on March 14th, and nine other states coming up!

Each tour stop is free and open to all, and will provide information about Alzheimer's disease, brain health and dementia caregiving. Free memory screenings are also available.
Member Spotlight: Visiting Angels-East Valley
Part of a national organization, Visiting Angels in the East Valley of greater Phoenix is a non-medical home care provider who approaches care from a holistic perspective – always focusing on the bigger picture, not just the immediate need. Aside from offering assistance with activities of daily living to families in need, they focus on educating their clients and their families as well as the community at large. Monthly self-help classes are offered year-round through their RESOURCE SOURCE program to teach families how to navigate their journey through aging, transition, memory loss and changing health.
“As our population of people living with dementia continues to rise, our focus has shifted to include many more opportunities for these individuals and their families. Providing additional trusted and appropriate support professionals, engagement opportunities and service options to fulfill specific and unique needs opens the door to increased quality of life. Education is power and so is choice,” shares Elaine Poker-Yount, Director of Care Management.  “We are blessed to be in a community that has begun to adopt similar goals. We are able to partner with other national and local organizations to spread the word on how to live with dementia more positively and more successfully.” 
Upcoming Events
AFA holds educational, therapeutic and professional training programs at its New York City offices and other areas through the country. Click below to check out the AFA events calendar.

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