Thinking of volunteering in the New Year? The Alzheimer’s Association needs you.
Each year, more than 4000 people in Monroe and surrounding counties receive help from the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. Now, the local chapter is hoping to reach even more. News 8 hosted a town-hall style meeting Monday night for the Alzheimer’s Association, to get feedback on how the chapter can best meet the needs of all those impacted by this disease. One way is to recruit more volunteers.
“Today we boast of over 350 volunteers within the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region,” says Teresa Galbier, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “But there are still thousands of people we haven’t been able to reach yet and the best way we know how to get out to the folks in the communities is through a volunteer army.”
Those attending the public forum included business and government leaders, social workers, law enforcement, doctors, patients and caregivers. An estimated 400,000 people in New York State are living with Alzheimer’s. More than one million New Yorkers provide unpaid care to a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
If you’d like to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, click here.