Submitted By: Samantha Sayward, Director, Walk to End Alzheimers at Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s including nearly 300,000 in the Delaware Valley. There are 200,000 Americans who are 65 or younger who are living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, many of who are employed in the workforce. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 killers for which there is no cure, treatment or prevention. Every 65 seconds another American develops the disease.

Consider how Alzheimer’s impacts both your employees’ lives and your bottom line:

  • Six in 10 caregivers were employed in the past year and worked an average of 35 hours per week while caregiving.
  • Fifty-seven percent of employed caregivers had to go into work late, leave early or take time off due to caregiving demands.
  • Eighteen percent of caregivers went from full-time to part-time or cut back hours, and 9 percent gave up work entirely.
  • Eighty-three percent of care at home is provided by family members, friends or other unpaid caregivers

There are ways Delaware Valley organizations can make an impact in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. We need your company to form a corporate Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, recruit team members and raise funds. Involvement in the fight to end Alzheimer’s increases employee engagement, builds unity and company pride, and raises morale. Employees who get involved as captains or as volunteer committee members benefit from sharpened leadership skills which can, in turn, help them at work.

Organizations benefit, too. Involvement in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises corporate community profiles and provides opportunities to not only support and give back to employees but also positively impact corporate branding and marketing efforts. In short, supporting the fight to end Alzheimer’s benefits employees and organizations alike.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s, form a corporate team or volunteer, visit act.alz.org/philadelphia or contact Philadelphia Walk Director Samantha Sayward at sasayward@alz.org today. Together we will create a world (including workplaces) without Alzheimer’s disease.