Lisa Joyce of Mansfield will be joining the movement to end Alzheimer’s disease by taking part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walpole on September 22, 2012.
Joyce has both a personal and professional connection to Alzheimer’s disease. Joyce is a nurse and her whose grandmother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I am an advocate for my patients as well as my grandmother”, said Joyce, “Being a registered nurse, I was able to recognize the early warning signs dementia in my grandmother. We have a lot of patients that come in with a dual diagnosis of Alzheimer's and a broken hip, or something similar, from a fall at home. Safety is a huge concern with these patients.”
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
“There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said James Wessler, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “We are truly grateful to Lisa and all of those participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for their commitment.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. The disease has a significant impact on family members, with nearly 15 million providing care to a loved one, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Anyone can contribute to Joyce or learn more about participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at www.alzwalkMANH.org .
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, MA, has regional offices in Springfield, Raynham, and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH. The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs. For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, or Alzheimer programs and information, visit www.alz.org/MANH.