Charity of the week
In America, nearly 6 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease that slowly destroys a person’s memory and ability to complete basic tasks. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (alzfdn.org) was founded in 2002 to optimize care for patients through research, education, and services at a time when resources weren’t widely available. AFA operates a national hotline staffed with licensed social workers seven days a week. It also provides workshops for caregivers and on-site evaluations of facilities to ensure the physical environment, staff, and programs include best practices for patients with dementia. Furthermore, AFA funds research for early detection and drug development for more effective treatments for memory loss. Through its free National Memory Screening Program, AFA has helped millions identify the disease.
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