Chestnut Ridge Team Walks to End Alzheimer's in Philadelphia
November 29, 2017
Chestnut Ridge Wallingford, a rehabilitation and living facility for people 50 years of age and older, is participating in the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Philadelphia on November 8. So far, the team at Chestnut Ridge has raised over $1,000 with an overall fundraising goal of $2,000.
Funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s go to supporting its mission to advance research on the disease. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities across the country, and is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s. Participants can register their teams online, either through corporations like Chestnut Ridge or with friends, family and neighbors.
“About 80% of our residents have been diagnosed with some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia,” said Rita Ellis, executive director at Chestnut Ridge. “We provide all possible support for this illness, including treatment, medication management, memory-building activities and psychiatric support. We want to do everything we can to support the Alzheimer’s Association, because that in turn means supporting our residents.”
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to end the disease through the advancement of research, to provide support for those affected and to spread the word about brain health in the hopes that it aids in reducing cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the nation’s 6th leading cause of death and currently affects 5.3 million Americans. In 2015 alone, the disease will cost the U.S. an estimated $226 billion in medical care.
“Chestnut Ridge is excited to take part in this event,” continued Ellis. “We’re very familiar with the scope of difficulties families face when their loved ones are affected by this disease. The more progress that can be made to find new treatments or even a cure for Alzheimer’s, the better. ”