E-Newsletter: January 30, 2019
Washington Update:
BOLD New Action to Fight
Alzheimer’s Disease
The federal government has taken another important step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by passing the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (BOLD) into law.

This new law will help close existing infrastructure gaps in our health care system and deliver valuable new resources for the prevention, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease. Once fully implemented and funded, state health departments, professional caregivers, families and communities as a whole will be able to access greater support to help educate individuals about Alzheimer’s disease and improve quality of life for those affected by it.
In The News:
Virtual Reality Used to Help People Better Understand Alzheimer’s Disease
Virtual reality technology isn't just for video games; it's being used as an educational tool to help people better understand Alzheimer’s disease. A recent news story highlights AFA's new "dementia experience" to help caregivers, families and the public step into the shoes of someone living with Alzheimer's so that they can ultimately improve quality of life for those living with the disease.
2019 Educating America Tour Stops Announced!
Teen Scholarship Essay Contest Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching
Less than three weeks left for high school seniors to enter AFA's 2019 Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest. Grand prize is a $5,000 college scholarship!

If you know a high school senior who will be attending college next year and has been impacted by Alzheimer's, please invite them to enter the contest! Essays must be submitted by Friday, February 15th.
Member Spotlight:
15 AFA Member Organizations Awarded Grants for Respite Care Services
AFA awarded a total of $75,000 in grant funding to 15 of its member organizations to help fund respite care programs and services for families affected by Alzheimer's disease. Funding was provided through AFA's Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grant Program.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Caring Days Adult Day Care (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Caroline Medical Adult Day Care (Denton, MD)
  • CJE SeniorLife (Chicago, IL)
  • COHME (New York, NY)
  • Collat Jewish Family Services (Birmingham, AL)
  • Grace Center for Adult Day Services (Corvallis, OR)
  • HomeCare Options (Totowa, NJ)
  • Mid-Island Y JCC (Plainview, NY)
  • Naples Senior Center at JCFS (Naples, FL)
  • OPICA Adult Day Programming & Counseling Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Region 10 LEAP Area Agency on Aging (Montrose, CO)
  • Selfhelp Community Services (New York, NY)
  • Senior Access (San Rafael, CA)
  • Syracuse Jewish Family Service (Syracuse, NY)

AFA provides several grant opportunities to its member organizations to help further AFA's mission of providing support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide. Click here to learn more about AFA grant programs.
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.

See a program you'd like to bring to your area? Contact AFA at 866-232-8484.
New at AFA's E-store: The Healthy Brain Box
Practicing good brain health is important, and here's something that can help you do it; AFA's Healthy Brain Box.

The Healthy Brain Box contains information about steps individuals can take to promote good brain health and wellness and includes items which tie-in with “healthy brain” tips. 

Purchase the Healthy Brain Box, along with other Alzheimer's awareness items, caregiver support products and more, by visiting AFA's E-store at shop.alzfdn.org.