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Chamber Member Profile: The Alzheimer’s Association

February 5, 2018

For the loved ones of the more than five million Americans who are living with Alzheimer’s disease the Alzheimer’s Association can be a great resource. It’s estimated that upwards of 15 million people in the U.S. are providing care for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  The Alzheimer’s Association is there to provide education, support, and programs to these families, and fund research to help.

Here in Connecticut, the Southwest region is lucky to have an office in Norwalk. Like the four other offices in Connecticut, it supports the national organization’s mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. To do this, the organization holds various educational programs throughout the region, according to Shanon Jordan, Southwest Regional Director. “We travel all over the area – to churches, libraries, senior centers, you name it – providing programs to educate people about the disease such as ’Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters’ or ‘Legal and Financial Planning,’ and various others on how to cope with a loved one who might be suffering from the Alzheimer’s,” says Jordan. “Other critical activities include support groups, a 24/7 live-person help line (1-800-272-3900), as well as care consultations in our office where we sit with the families of loved ones who’ve been diagnose and offer referrals, resources and education.”

In addition to awareness and support, the other part of the organization’s mission is to raise funds for research. The Southwest office holds two major fundraising events during the year: an annual gala and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  This year’s “Celebrating Hope” gala will be held in Greenwich on May 11th.

This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 16. “The Walk is our biggest fundraiser and it’s a great day at the beach with music, food, exercise – all for a good cause,” says Jordan. “For companies and individuals, it’s an opportunity to sponsor, volunteer, gather a team and get out to support Alzheimer’s research and support.”  According to Jordan, the Walks in Connecticut have raised $1.6 million for Alzheimer’s research in 2017 alone.

If your business would be interested in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association either by donating, sponsoring, developing a team for the Walk, or volunteering in other ways, contact the Southwest office at (203) 939-1360. For more information, visit alz.org/ct.

To see a schedule of the CT Alzheimer’s Association programs, click here.

Click here for more information on this year’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s.