Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Women Champions
November 27, 2015, West Hartford, CT- Pamela Atwood and Amina Weiland of Hebrew HealthCare’s Dementia Care Services department were named as part of the 2015 inaugural class of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Women Champions, in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s disease. Hebrew HealthCare is the only organization in the state of Connecticut with two staff members who were named champions in this inaugural class.
Atwood and Weiland are both Certified Dementia Practitioners and Dementia Capable Care providers; they also have family members who have been diagnosed with dementia. In recognition of their contributions towards the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, they have been asked to join a group of empowered women to launch the first “Champions in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s Women’s Campaign.”
“Both of these women are dedicated to helping individuals and their families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are compassionate in their care and their expertise in working with people diagnosed with neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body and Vascular dementia is unparalleled,” remarked Bonnie Gauthier, HHC’s President and CEO. “We are very proud of this honor and of the work that they do.”
“Every 67 seconds a brain develops Alzheimer’s and two thirds of them belong to women- that’s more than 3.2 million women. And more than 60% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are women, with many having to reduce their own workload or even drop out of the workforce altogether to care for loved ones,” Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, News Magazine, Summer Issue 2015. The class of 2015 Women’s Champions come from around the state. Each and every participant comes from different experiences; however each of them has a large passion to make a change and do something about this devastating disease that takes over the lives of many.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
About Hebrew HealthCare
Hebrew HealthCare is a non-profit, non-sectarian healthcare provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services. For over 100 years our commitment to providing comprehensive care to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based.