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Alzheimer’s Association Is Named UPMC Senior Services ‘2013 Community Champion’

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3, 2013 – UPMC Senior Services will honor the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter as its 2013 Community Champion for the organization’s demonstration of extraordinary leadership and the provision of exceptional services in an effort to improve the lives of seniors in western Pennsylvania.
 
“The dedication of the Alzheimer’s Association to senior causes has been demonstrated through its extensive service to the community,” said Deborah Brodine, president, UPMC Community Provider Services. “The organization’s passion for improving the lives of seniors, especially those affected by Alzheimer’s, is inspiring. UPMC Senior Services is proud to recognize the group for its exemplary work on behalf of the seniors in western Pennsylvania and across the country.”
 
Gail Roddie-Hamlin, President of the Alzheimer’s Association, will accept the award on behalf of the organization at the annual UPMC Senior Services Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner, October 2, at the Omni William Penn Hotel. 
 
“The Alzheimer’s Association is honored to receive the 2013 Community Champion Award from UPMC Senior Services,” said Roddie-Hamlin. “We are steadfast in our mission of eliminating Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. I look forward to our future work with Alzheimer’s patients and their families and with community partners.” 
 
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. By 2050, it is estimated that up to 16 million individuals may be affected by the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter serves 59 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania throughout four regional offices located in Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, Erie and Pittsburgh.
 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit funder of dementia research and has played a role in every significant dementia discovery in the past 30 years. The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.

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