Published On: Sat, Feb 11th, 2017

Boca Raton Organization Awarded Grant From Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America

By: Nikki Colonna

1The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) allotted $5,000 grant to Boca Raton’s non-profit organization ‘Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services’. The AFA recognizes grant recipients as members who have given respite care and those who strive to help patients above and beyond their means.

This grant was named the “Phyliss and Milton Berg Respite Care Grant” in memory of AFA board treasurer, Barry Berg’s parents. Phyliss was an Alzheimer’s patient and her husband, Milton was a dedicated caregiver; both passed away 8 years ago.  

“Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services plays a vital role in helping families get the care and services they need,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

The Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services assists elders to stay independent as long as possible and also help those who are dependent, go to doctor appointments and any other local destinations. The caregivers working at this family service offer counseling and guidance if necessary.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America advocates providing the important care and assistance needed for patients struggling with dementia and their families. As an organization, they recognize other foundations that put forth effort and give the valued support to those who need it.

The AFA connects over 2,600 member organizations throughout the nation in order to cater to the patients’ needs and wants. This grant is an honor and privilege for both the recipients and the foundation that gave out the grant.

“Studies have shown that respite care, which provides a break for the caregiver but also engagement for the individual living with the illness, can aid in maintaining caregiver health and delay costly nursing home placement. We are proud to award them this grant to further their efforts in helping their community,” added Fuschillo.

AFA has so much to give and contribute to the community, like this grant, as a result of the generosity of individual donations, sponsorships and fundraisers.

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