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AFA Teens Video Competition Winners Announced


The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) announced today the winner and runners-up of its second annual AFA Teens Video Competition. Hannah Schwartz of Clarksville, TN was named the 2011 grand prize winner and received a $500 award, and runners-up Kaylin Saffe of Miami and Maila Tafua of Laie, HI each received a $250 prize.

   Offered through the AFA Teens branch, the annual AFA Teens Video Competition is part of AFA's effort to provide a creative outlet for teenagers coping with Alzheimer's disease and to engage the younger generation in this important cause.

    Schwartz's heartfelt video touches upon the love and devotion of a caregiver; it focuses on how her great-grandfather cared for her great-grandmother who had Alzheimer's disease for many years. Schwartz's great-grandmother passed away last week.

    "I wanted this video to portray the hope that a devoted caregiver can bring to a hopeless situation like Alzheimer's disease," Schwartz said. "This disease has affected my whole family in different ways. We saw my great-grandmother slowly losing memories, her personality, and even words, but we also saw my great-grandfather showing enduring devotion as her caregiver. He carried all their memories."

   The winning videos are posted here.


AFA Teens and AFA on Campus Advisory Board Deadline Extended


The deadline for applications to sit on the advisory boards of AFA Teens and AFA on Campus has been extended to Wednesday, February 11, 2012.

    Middle school and high school students are eligible for the AFA Teens Advisory Board; download an application here. College students can apply for the AFA on Campus Advisory Board; download an application here.  

   The board positions offer a great opportunity to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease, build leadership experience and learn advocacy skills.

   Responsibilities may include writing a blog post, participating in a few conference calls with other board members,and answering periodic surveys to help us make important decisions about the direction of AFA Teens and AFA on Campus.

   Please let us know if you have any questions and good luck!


College Scholarship Application Due Mid-Month


AFA Teens will continue to accept applications for the AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship until February 15 (Online submissions due by midnight ET on February 15 and mailed submissions must be post-marked on or before February 15). The competition is a great way for college-bound students to give thoughtful consideration to the impact that Alzheimer's disease has on their own lives and others, and to earn one of several scholarships for college. AFA awards $5,750 in scholarships annually! Please don't miss this great opportunity to share your experiences!