Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Student Program Named a Mutual of America 2015 Community Partnership Award Winner

Florida-based Program Provides Training for Nurses to Meet the Needs of Alzheimer's Patients.

Nov 19, 2015, 12:07 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Alzheimer's Community Care's Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Student Program was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2015 Community Partnership Award competition.

Alzheimer's Community Care was started in 1996 by a group of donors, caregivers and community leaders who recognized that Alzheimer's patients and their families lacked access to tools and services that could enable them to provide home-based care for their loved one and to delay or avoid costly nursing home placement.

In 2014, Alzheimer's Community Care established a partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University's School of Nursing to pilot the Dementia-Specific Practicum for its Nursing Student program, a landmark collaboration that provides training for community-based, dementia-specific care. To date, 55 junior-level registered nurses have participated, which pairs classroom experience with practical experience, delivering hands-on patient care at one of Alzheimer's Community Care's nine specialized Alzheimer's Day Care Centers.

"Nurses who graduate from these programs will be at the forefront of community-based care, with the training needed to make a tangible difference in the quality of life of patients with Alzheimer's and their families," said Mary M. Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Community Care.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 200 partnerships from cities and towns across America since 1996. To learn more, visit To watch videos of all 20 national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award.

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