A Successful Walk to End Alzheimer’s in The Nation’s Capital

Sunrise Senior Living  |  November 4, 2014

Sunrise Senior Living is proud to continue support of the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's as a National Platinum Level Team, and recently provided Diamond Level Sponsorship at the Nation's Capital Walk in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event, bringing together families, friends and caregivers committed to ending Alzheimer’s. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and since 1989 The Walk to End Alzheimer’s has raised over $300 million in support of those battling Alzheimer’s.

This year, Sunrise Senior Living contributed $427,917 and counting! All funds raised through Nov. 15 will be credited to this year’s effort. This was all made possible with the dedication of team members and their efforts. To donate, go online to The Alzheimer’s Association page. Check out some of the ways that Sunrise communities across the United States got creative to raise money for the cause:

Walks are held locally at over 600 places nationwide throughout the late summer and fall months, making it the world’s largest event raising awareness and funds that go towards care, support and research for Alzheimer’s. At the recent Walk in the Nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C., Rita Altman, RN, VP of Memory Care and Programming at Sunrise had the opportunity to be a guest speaker. She led a centering exercise, which is practiced by team members at Sunrise and can by used by anyone caring for a loved one. “Centering is a breathing exercise that helps caregivers to quiet our thoughts and find our inner strength and resourcefulness,” says Rita. Before the Walk began, she had participants focus on a loved one with Alzheimer’s and de-stress with this technique. She also explained how the Validation Method is an effective method for communicating with people who have cognitive impairments, a technique that Sunrise team members are also trained to use.

“We are grateful to the Alzheimer’s Association for working tirelessly to advance research, provide caregiver resources and support, and enhance care for those living with the disease,” says Rita. Pictures from the event can be found in Sunrise’s photo album on Facebook.