Recognizing that an increasing number of college students may be facing Alzheimer's disease in their own families or are looking to get involved in a worthy cause, the Alzheimer's Foundation of American (AFA) has unveiled a unique network for college students --- AFA on Campus.
The new division caters exclusively to students at colleges and universities across the country in an effort to educate them about Alzheimer's disease, provide support services for them and their families, and groom tomorrow's leaders in the Alzheimer's community. The division will enable college-age peers to share experiences related to Alzheimer's disease as well as engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities.
AFA is also encouraging students to set up local AFA on Campus chatpers, through their colleges and universities, sororities and fraternities, or other community organizations. As well, they can read and contribute blog posts, take a quiz and participate in contests online. The division has its own microsite, http://www.afateens.org/afa_on_campus.html .
AFA on Campus builds on the momentum of AFA Teens, AFA's pioneering and award-winning division for teens that includes a dedicated web site, education, support and chapters specifically for youngsters coping with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
AFA Teens has proven especially beneficial to teens whose loved ones have or had Alzheimer's disease, a brain disorder that currently affects as many as 5.1 million Americans.