Funds to support services for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their caregivers and families
HYANNIS – HopeHealth’s 26th annual Walk for Alzheimer’s raised $125,000 to support essential services for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their caregivers and families in Southeastern Massachusetts. Services include support groups, a telephone helpline, memory screenings, caregiver needs assessment and care planning, and respite grants. Over 1,600 people participated in the walk, held on May 6 at DCR Scusset State Beach. Funds are still being raised, with $150,000 in donations expected by the end of May.
“The funds raised at the HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer’s help improve the quality of life for thousands of Massachusetts residents,” said Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of HopeHealth. “This year, over 60 teams and over 1,000 donors made a true impact, and we couldn’t be more proud to serve this wonderful community.”
For over 25 years, the HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer’s has helped thousands across eastern Massachusetts receive essential care and support services, as many of HopeHealth’s services are free of charge.
Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, degenerative disease of the brain that slowly diminishes a person’s ability to reason, remember, and respond to the environment. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have the disease, and nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
“These donations help fuel HopeHealth’s mission – to ensure that we serve those affected by Alzheimer’s in our community in the best way possible,” said Franchitto. “With the help of these funds, we look forward to strengthening our programs, and we’re excited to continue growing the walk to be more impactful.”
HopeHealth has been enhancing the quality of life for people experiencing serious illness and loss for more than 35 years. In 2012, Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands affiliated with the non-profit organization to enhance and expand its programs and community services. Today, the non-profit organization delivers a wide range of services for people with serious illness and their families. The HopeHealth family of services in Massachusetts includes: Hope Hospice; Hope Care for Kids; Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services and Hope Academy. The Massachusetts Pain Initiative is an affiliate of the organization. Learn more by calling (800) 642-2423 or visiting HopeHealthCo.org.