This year, give a gift that helps support thousands of people in the USA every day. Purchase a holiday gift from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) store. Proceeds from the sale of these products support the programs and services of the AFA and its member organizations.
If you know someone who helps care for a person with Alzheimer's, there are stunning gifts in the heart of care jewelry line perfect for them. First, there is a matched set--necklace, bracelet and pin--complete with the heart of care pendant in sterling silver. Perhaps you want to give a rugged braided leather band bracelet with a sterling silver heart of care charm. Another good choice is a sterling silver lapel pin with the heart of care pendant.
A very practical gift is a set of four DVDs called Your Time to Care: Basic Skills for Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias at Home. This set includes the topics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Principles of Personal Care, Behavioral Management and Safe Home Care. This DVD set is a perfect gift for someone who has just found out that a loved one has Alzheimer's Disease. The unknown can be frightening! Help them be prepared with this educational program designed to help family and caregivers provide quality care in the home setting.
Finding a cure for Alzheimer's is important. Also important is supporting those individuals who care for patients with this disease, usually family members. Most important is establishing a nationwide standard of excellence in care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
To this end, the AFA has developed an initiative called Excellence of Care, which offers the opportunity for care facilities to document that their facilities meet the Excellence in Care guidelines established by the AFA for environment, education, staff-client interaction and programming. Care facilities that meet these standards are certified as being members of Alzheimer's Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction.