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April Is Occupational Therapy Month

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 30, 2016) - April is Occupational Therapy Month and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is celebrating by offering occupational therapists a 10 percent discount on its dementia care training program, "AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living With Dementia."

"Occupational therapists are a vital part of the care team and we wanted to show our appreciation for them during Occupational Therapy Month," said AFA's Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer. "These care partners help people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers by focusing on each individual's abilities, safe proofing the home environment and helping them maintain their independence, which is critically important."

The "AFA Partners in Care" training series assists health care professionals in gaining a better understanding of dementia, learning effective communication strategies, and developing relationships with the individuals in their care in order to foster more meaningful living. It also includes tips and strategies for professional self-care. Developed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals, the program is appropriate for a variety of disciplines.

Individuals who complete the program and pass the associated exam can pursue designation as an AFA Dementia Care Partner. Occupational therapists can order the "AFA Partners in Care" training DVD, and take advantage of the 10 percent discount, by contacting Molly Fogel, AFA's director of educational and social services, at 866-232-8484 x131 or mfogel@alzfdn.org. Orders must be placed no later than April 29.

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,400 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and "AFA Partners in Care" dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.