Press release from the Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter:
The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter is expanding its team of volunteers to serve individuals and families in the mountain region of North Carolina.
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators (ACE) are public speakers, teachers, and key volunteers on the Western Carolina Chapter team. They raise awareness, teach dementia-specific education workshops, and connect attendees to chapter services. ACEs work in their professional, civic, and personal spaces to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and are empowered to identify gaps, areas of need, and areas of interest and fill those through education.
“ACE volunteers play a vital role in making a difference in our communities,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Our dedicated volunteers are invaluable and integral to furthering our mission and to impacting the lives of caregivers and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.”
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
- One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
- An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
- African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
- Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
For more information, contact Christine John-Fuller at 980-498-7737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.