For Immediate Release

Memory Matters Awarded Grant from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Support Services for Families Affected by Alzheimer’s


Funding Will Support Monthly Caregiver Lecture Series


NEW YORK (November 20, 2019)— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded grant funding to Memory Matters, in Hilton Head Island, SC to help fund their monthly lecture series for caregivers on the first Friday of each month.  They are provided with valuable information to help them care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.


Jan Smith, Development Director for Memory Matters, said, “Caregivers consider the information they receive in our 1St Friday Caregiver Lecture Series lifesaving material in so many ways.  Caregivers get the unique opportunity to be close-up and personal with professionals.”


“Community-based programs which provide vital services to families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses are critically important as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s as well as the number of unpaid caregivers continues to grow,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer.  “We are proud to support Memory Matters in delivering much-needed services to families in Beaufort County and the surrounding areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”


Memory Matters helps optimize brain wellness and memory care through education day programs and support for individuals, caregivers, and the community.  They offer dementia-specific social model day programs while also offering critical respite and support services such as support groups, individual counseling, community resources, and education.  They encourage early intervention and promote a healthy lifestyle based on five simple interventions – consistent exercise, Mediterranean lifestyle, lifelong learning, staying connected and meditation.


This $5,000 grant will support their First Friday Lecture Series: A Caregiver Lifeline.  This educational program is offered the first Friday every month as they discuss different subjects which are relevant to what a caregiver deals with on a daily basis.  Such topics include finances, long term planning, and self-care.  The one-and-a-half-hour lectures allow caregivers to come together and network, share experiences and strategies and hear from experts such as financial planners, cardiologists, yoga instructors and time managers.

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 or learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and resources available to help families affected by it, visit or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.




About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.  AFA has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating for five consecutive years.


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