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Nazareth Hosts Alzheimer's National Initiative

  • Published: September 22, 2011


  • A national initiative co-sponsored by Nazareth, the Alzheimer's Association and Congressman Reed
  • The input session will allow for one minute testimonials
  • The session will be moderated by Norma Holland of 13WHAM television

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Nazareth Hosts Alzheimer's National Initiative

On Wednesday, September 28, the Alzheimer’s Association, as part of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, will host a public Input Session.  This community conversation will be co-hosted by Nazareth College and United States Congressman Tom Reed (NY-29). 

The local Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association invites anyone affected by the disease, whether directly or indirectly, to share their story to a special “listening panel.” The open forum will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Nazareth College Arts Center Callahan Theater, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618.  Participants will have one minute to speak.

Every 69 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  The sixth- leading cause of death in the U.S., it has no cure or even treatments to slow its progression.  On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act into law.  This law will create a national strategic plan to address the rapidly escalating Alzheimer’s crisis in the U.S. and coordinate efforts across the federal government.  This will include implementation steps and accountability in the fight to overcome Alzheimer’s. 

“Beyond the statistics of Alzheimer’s disease, the stories of those affected,  including people with the disease, their caregivers, friends and researchers, are powerful and important in understanding the scope and challenge,” said local Alzheimer’s Association CEO/President, David Midland. “The Input Session is an important opportunity for the Rochester and Finger Likes region to participate and make sure their voices are heard.”

All input will be submitted to the Alzheimer’s National Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C., which is in the process of creating the national Alzheimer’s plan.  The event is co-sponsored by Nazareth College and Congressman Tom Reed, who is also a member of the listening panel, and be moderated by Norma Holland, WHAM TV13 news anchor and a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s board of directors.

“Patient, caregiver, family and friends are all heavily impacted by this cruel disease and today I am proud to be a part of this community conversation to hear their collective stories,” said Congressman Reed.  “The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that Alzheimer’s will cost America $1.1 trillion per year by 2050, which clearly shows that this awful disease is rapidly going to affect every one of us.”  

Other listening panel members include Vicky Hines, President & CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester NY & Finger Lakes Region; Corinda Crossdale, Director, Monroe County Office of the Aging; David Steitz, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Gerontology Program, Nazareth College; and Betsey King, PhD, Music Therapy Director, Nazareth College.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a critical issue nationally and right here in our community,” said Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “We are proud that Professors Betsey King and David Steitz are lending their expertise to the session here at Nazareth College. With a strong reputation for preparing students in both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth is always willing to work for the benefit of the community and its residents.”

Persons with Alzheimer’s disease, friends, family and other caregivers, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.  Pre-register by calling Kelly Harris at the Alzheimer’s Association at 585-760-5405.

The Alzheimer’s Association, established in 1981, serves a nine-county region, which includes Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.
Our mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association and how it serves the nine-county Finger Lakes region, visit our website or call 585-760-5400.

The School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College is a top learning institution for health care professionals. From nursing to speech-language pathology, from physical therapy to art and music therapy, the School offers challenging programs that prepare students to become compassionate, innovative and patient-focused leaders in the health care community. As the only school in upstate New York to offer both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth College is preparing students who will stay in—and heal—our community for generations to come.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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