Alzheimer's awareness organization seeks entries for teen video contest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AFA Teens, the youth branch of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, is now accepting entries for its third annual AFA Teens Video Competition. Open to ages 13 to 19, it offers a $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up. The entry deadline is Dec. 1. To enter, teens should submit a two-minute video that gives thoughtful consideration to "a moment in relation to Alzheimer's disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving or decided to become a community volunteer/activist."Last year's winner, Hannah Schwartz of Clarksville, Tenn., reflected on her great-grandfather's unconditional devotion as a husband and primary caregiver to his wife until her death as a result of the disease. "I wanted this video to portray the hope that a devoted caregiver can bring to a hopeless situation like Alzheimer's disease," she said.The initiative is part of the organization's efforts to reach out to teens who have family members with Alzheimer's disease and often have difficulty communicating or adjusting to the changes it brings. For more on the contest and to see previous winning entries, visit www.afateens.org.