Help Teens Impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease!

The teens division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is currently competing for a $25,000 award from the Pepsi Refresh Contest that will help teens impacted by Alzheimer’s disease get connected, educated and involved.

AFA Teens would use the award to add interactive, educational tools to its Web site (www.afateens.org)

and help teens build support systems in their communities by distributing funds to AFA Teens chapters nationwide. The online tools will explain disease progression, offer coping strategies, and encourage teens to adopt healthy lifestyles that may lower risk factors for chronic diseases as they age.
Award winners are determined by the number of votes received from the public during a specific month that the proposal is posted. AFA Teens is competing through May 31.

“We encourage you to vote each day throughout May and spread the word so we can assist teens across America.

Together, we can change the face of care,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.

Visit the AFA website for more information.

Competition Provides Chance to Reflect on Brain Disorder

For many teens, it is caring for their own grandparents or even parents with Alzheimer’s disease that leads them to apply. For others, it is a meaningful connection with a resident while volunteering at a local nursing home or the excitement of researching possible treatment breakthroughs during a lab stint that prompts them to participate.

Regardless of their story, AFA is encouraging college-bound students to apply for its 3rd annual AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship. AFA will award $5,000 to the winner, and, new for 2010, $500 and $250 prizes for first and second runners-up, respectively, which must be used toward first year tuition at a four-year college or university.

The deadline is February 15, 2010. For more details and an application, visit www.afateens.org.