Alzheimer’s Community Care Gets National Grant

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded grant funding to Alzheimer’s Community Care in West Palm Beach to help provide services to individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. The $5,000 grant will help Alzheimer’s Community Care expand its music therapy programs.

“The AFA strongly believes in helping grassroots and government organizations provide the hands-on programs and services that help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses continue to live meaningful lives,” AFA President & CEO Charles J. Fuschillo said. “We are proud to help Alzheimer’s Community Care further its efforts in serving the people of South Florida and provide much-needed services in the community.”

Alzheimer’s Community Care is the largest provider of community-based dementia-specific services in Florida. The nonprofit serves 4,500 individuals and ensures that caregivers and patients receive the highest-quality specialized care through 11 specialized Alzheimer’s Care and Service Centers.

“The AFA’s continued commitment to Alzheimer’s Community Care allows us to provide therapeutic care to patients and lifesaving respite to caregivers in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, ensuring they remain in the community for as long as possible,” Alzheimer’s Community Care President & CEO Mary M. Barnes said. “Alzheimer’s is a family disease, and we are honored to partner with AFA in providing hope and help to both patients and family caregivers.”

This grant will help fund Alzheimer’s Community Care’s music therapy program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, and enable the nonprofit to expand into new counties in Florida. Music therapy has many potential benefits for individuals with Alzheimer’s — it can help increase socialization, elevate moods and decrease agitation. It can also help caregivers reconnect with their loved ones.

The AFA is able to provide vital services, like this grant, as a result of the generosity of individual contributions, sponsorships and fundraising activities. To help support these initiatives, visit For more information about AFA membership and grant opportunities, visit