The Star-Herald

Grant to help boost Alzheimer’s support

CARIBOU, Maine — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded grant funding to Cary Medical Center for its Rural Education Program.

Cary’s Alzheimer’s Rural Education Program will be a traveling Alzheimer’s Educational Exhibit that features books, brochures, DVDs and other literature about the disease. The program will also identify local resources where caregivers can find help and support.  AFA’s $5,000 grant will help support the program.

“Cary Medical Center plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president and CEO of AFA.  “Their Rural Education Program will be a remarkable resource that will connect residents with the information and services they need. AFA is pleased to support this project and help the Center make a difference for the families they serve.”

“I really believe in this project”, said Bill Flagg, director of community relations and development at Cary Medical Center.  “I am so grateful to AFA for their generous support. AFA makes a tremendous amount of resources available to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers and we intend to work closely with the foundation to make this project a model program.”

The funding will allow the hospital to work with the six Healthy You communities — Caribou, Washburn, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Van Buren and Presque Isle — to develop Alzheimer-focused presentations for local public libraries.  The program coordinator will meet with library managers and schedule dates to meet with members of the community to identify resources. The libraries will receive books on caregiving along with brochures and other resources.

AFA’s Bi-annual Grant Program provides grants to non-profit AFA-member organizations for programs and services that help further its mission of delivering optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and to their families and caregivers.

AFA is able to provide this critical support as a result of the generosity of individual contributions, grants, sponsorships and AFA development activities.  

Submitted by the Community Relations and Development Office of Cary Medical Center.

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