A Brief Overview of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, by Ellen Scharaga

A nonprofit organization, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) strives to provide highest-quality care and services to individuals with Alzheimer’s, as well as their loved ones. The nonprofit was founded by a group of organizations who recognized a gap in the treatment of dementia.

The AFA supports the efforts of more than 1,600 member organizations across the country. These organizations maintain a commitment to meeting social, educational, emotional, and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and related illnesses. The AFA provides each organization with information pertaining to best practices, resources, education, and advocacy.

By supporting these member organizations, the AFA believes that it will help erase fear of Alzheimer’s and related conditions, promote earlier detection of conditions, encourage communities to better use community resources, and improve the quality of life. The organization is supported by donations and contributions, which can be given easily via the website at www.alzfdn.org.

About the author: Ellen Scharaga is the Senior Vice President of Operations for OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services in Great Neck, New York. She believes in the value of supporting nonprofits, and contributes to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.