Press Release from the Alzheimer’s Association of WV
Charleston, WV— April 22, 2019… The Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter has many reasons to hope that will be shared at their annual mission breakfast on April 25, 2019 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. “We have made real progress in expanding our reach for services, raising awareness of the disease, and funding research for effective treatment and a cure. There are 38,000 people diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s disease in West Virginia and 106,000 caregivers providing more than 121,000,000 hours of free care for those affected. We want them to know that we stand ready and we are determined to win this fight,” said Sharon M. Rotenberry, Executive Director.
The Association is working with the legislature and Bureau for Public Health to move this issue to the forefront. “The WV House and Senate passed resolutions urging that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia be considered a public health issue. Dr. Cathy Slemp, Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, met with some of our key staff to discuss how the Bureau can share resources through their channels as well,” stated Rotenberry.
The Reason to Hope breakfast allows the Association to showcase how support from around the state yields advances in research and the opportunity to reach more people who need support. Rotenberry stated, “This event is about our mission and vision to build a world without Alzheimer’s.” The WV Chapter has offices in Charleston, Parkersburg, and Morgantown, and Martinsburg. Community volunteers throughout the state are mobilized to raise awareness, provide education classes, advocate for policy changes that support families affected by the disease. And to raise additional dollars for research.
What: Reason to Hope Mission Breakfast
When: April 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Where: Charleston Marriott Town Center
Who is invited: All