Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and affects 5.7 million Americans. This devastating and debilitating disease is the ultimate thief of memories, independence, control, time, and, ultimately, life.
The disease is often dealt with in silence. Those facing the disease feel a stigma surrounding their diagnosis and often don’t seek the support they need. At the Alzheimer’s Association, we hear from individuals daily that they “feel alone.” Family and friends stop visiting because of “abnormal” behavior—a symptom of the disease—and caregivers become more and more isolated.
We want patients and their families to know that there is hope, and there is help, through the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. We are here to provide education and support to the millions who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention, ultimately to end Alzheimer’s disease. Our offices are located locally, and support groups are available to attend throughout the region. To find one near you, please look at the Support Groups section of this guide, visit www.alz.org/pa
or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter also host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the Alzheimer’s Associations largest annual awareness and fundraising event, which occurs every fall. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a day of hope, an opportunity—a day we all come together to see that we’re not alone in our fight.
Some walk to honor and remember those they have lost. Some walk to share stories of living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia's. Some walk so that future generations won’t have to face the debilitating and devastating effects of the disease. Some walk because they want to help make a difference and bring this disease to the forefront. The money raised allows our chapter to contribute to research to find a cure. These funds also help support free programs and services that advance accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia's.
Help us break the silence and start the conversation today! Register today at www.alz.org/walk
or call our Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Local Walk to End Alzheimer’s Events
Chambersburg, PA – Saturday, September 29th
Lancaster, PA – Saturday, September 29th
Harrisburg, PA – Saturday, October 6th
York, PA – Saturday, October 20th
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