The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter will host its 11th annual Thanks for the Memories Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at the Charleston Town Center Marriott (for ticket information, see below). Proceeds from the luncheon support free programs offered by the chapter for families facing Alzheimer’s disease here in West Virginia, plus six counties in eastern Ohio. At the luncheon, the Rockefeller Award for outstanding service to the cause of Alzheimer’s disease will be presented to Gaylene Miller and Terri Tilley. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, Senator John D. Rockefeller.
Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal brain disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Slowly, painstakingly, inevitably it steals a person’s memories, judgment and independence. It robs spouses of companions and children of parents and grandparents. Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of this disease. All 5.4 million Americans (including more than 48,000 West Virginians) with Alzheimer’s disease will die with the disease or from it. These numbers will increase dramatically as Baby Boomers age. In addition to the emotional loss, a substantial financial toll is paid by families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter provides information, support, and services funded by events such as the luncheon and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Over the past 12 months, the chapter has conducted 100 free community workshops, answered 2,378 Helpline calls, and distributed 22,374 pieces of educational materials, among other services. It is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. All efforts are dedicated to achieving the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
Tickets to the Thanks for the Memories Luncheon are $75 and can be purchased by calling 1.800.272.3900 or by visiting www.alz.org/wv.