Individuals suffering from Alzheimer's Disease have specific healthcare needs and the informal economic burden placed on family members is excessive. Through a partnership with Direct Action Networks International, Inc., a diversified broadband and media company in New York City, AAF has access to cutting edge developments in the technology arena, specifically with regard to broadband, mobile and monitoring solutions. “Direct Action” is intimately involved in the highly complex field of media content, distribution, interactivity and mobility and works with the major providers of distribution and content. The interactive content that benefits from commonly available broadband connectivity reaches far beyond entertainment to healthcare, education and quality of life. Healthcare is one of several non-entertainment sectors in which Direct Action is directly involved and brings (1) decades of experience in the rapidly changing broadband and mobile landscapes and (2) specific attention to AAF as its not for profit partner. In this arrangement, AAF naturally benefits from the aspects of broadband with which Direct Action is engaged. AAF benefits greatly from connections to knowledgeable Principals at Direct Action and its partners, which include the major broadband and mobile providers, as well as content/interactive media corporations.
Grant Making Activities
The Foundation makes grants focused on supporting the development and application of practical technologies from the healthcare information technology and device sectors that offer improved prevention and quality of life to all populations that may be affected by Alzheimer's Disease. The Foundation supports entrepreneurial efforts that have a direct impact on individuals affected by Alzheimer's Disease and academic research in the healthcare information technology and device sectors. We do not include pharmaceutical research in our scope. Public Education
The Foundation conducts activities designed to educate and inform the general public about the issues faced by individuals and their families affected by Alzheimer's Disease. The Foundation's activities consist of public presentations and discussions to educate and inform, and to engage the general public as well as health care providers in identifying ways to improve services and treatments for various groups.
India: Members of AAF have made significant contributioins to the diagnosis and therapy of behavioral conditions for under-served communities in India. This includes a specialty program for children with special needs in Chandigarh, India, managed by one of our founders. We are currently assessing solutions for patients with Alzheimer’s and co-morbidity and in the course of doing so, are illuminating areas where data is incomplete or education is needed.
Russia: We are also addressing these two conditions in specific regions of post-Soviet Russia, attempting to bridge an intrinsically high level of technology expertise and imperfect understanding of various behavioral disorders that are believed to be exacerbated by specific lifestyle choices.
Alzheimer's Action Foundation invites interested parties to submit letters of interest regarding potential projects or to volunteer. Formal grant making activities are governed by our grant-making policies which will be forwarded after initial discussion of the scope of a project. We do not have specific deadlines, so please contact us regarding the potential fit of your proposed project.