THS’ newly solidified relationship with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) consists of THS providing seniors with information about AFA programming and services that may be helpful. These include information about the AFA Helpline, AFA’s National Memory Screening Program, support groups and educational events, all of which are free to the community. “AFA is extremely grateful to work with THS and appreciates THS providing [this] information,” wrote Tina Lee, AFA’s Director of External Relations.
Lee saw a news story in the Times Union highlighting the THS’ Albany Chapter, which THS previously spotlighted here. She consequently reached out to Amira Salem, the Head of Social Media and Outreach for the Albany, NY chapter and was connected with THS Co-Founders Dhruv Pai and Matthew Casertano to “discuss how our organizations could work together.”
AFA’s mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide and to fund research for better treatment and a cure. AFA was created to serve as a resource for families in times of need. “Working with THS, we hope to connect more seniors with information that may be able to help them be proactive about their brain health and obtain support if Alzheimer’s enters their lives,” Lee explained. “Our services include a Helpline staffed entirely by licensed social workers (open seven days a week), a National Memory Screening Program which provides free memory screenings nationwide, support groups, educational programs and professional training.”
The relationship between THS and AFA speaks to intergenerational connections, with teens and seniors interacting and forming healthy relationships. “Research shows that bringing generations together can be mutually beneficial,” Lee noted. “That’s especially true for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers, who often experience social isolation. Building that bridge between generations promotes understanding, reduces stigma, and allows people of differing ages to connect on a meaningful level — it’s something we strongly encourage. THS is a great example of how impactful [these connections] can be for both seniors and students,” she added.
Additionally, AFA’s focus on helping communities and individuals take proactive approaches to brain health and how to seek support if Alzheimer’s enters their lives is “an organic complement to THS’s ability to reach vulnerable communities like seniors, veterans, and those impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Lee observed.
In their work with THS so far, the AFA has “been inspired to see teenagers getting involved, working hard and truly making a difference during a difficult time.”
“THS’ tremendous growth since its founding only a few months ago shows how eager many young people are to help others and give back. Everyone at THS should be extraordinarily proud of what they have accomplished thus far, and we are confident there are many more great things to come,” Lee emphasized. “We are so appreciative for all that THS has done to help us connect seniors with information that can help them and look forward to continuing work with them in the future as they continue to grow.”
For more information about the AFA, visit their website: https://alzfdn.org/