The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say thank you to Andrea and Steve Sussman, co-owners and co-executive directors of Home Instead Senior Care, serving Morris and Passaic Counties, and volunteers on the Northwest Walk To End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee. The Northwest Walk To End Alzheimer’s is taking place everywhere on Sunday, October 25. Due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails around their neighborhoods. The iconic “Promise Garden” to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia will be planted at Home Instead Senior Care in Succasunna located at 109 Main Street. All participants are welcome to drive by between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to view the inspirational plantings.
Their walk team, Home Instead Succasunna, has raised over $8,500 putting them in the lead as the Top Northwest Walk team. The funds raised by their effort, and others, helps propel the Association’s mission forward - accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
“As owners of the Morris County office of Home Instead Senior Care for over 20 years, the fight against Alzheimer's Disease is one that is very near and dear to our hearts,” says Andrea. “We have provided care for literally hundreds of families afflicted with Alzheimer's and have seen firsthand the devastation that it causes. We have been participating in the Walk for many years. When we learned that there was a Walk coming to Succasunna in 2018, Steve and I felt an immediate pull to get involved on a larger scale. We have now been on the Planning Committee for three years and it has been such a rewarding experience knowing that we have stayed true to our Home Instead tagline, “To us, it’s personal”. The only way we can truly fulfill our mission to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families, is by being personally committed to increasing awareness of the issues seniors face.”
Andrea and Steve’s extraordinary passion and dedication to helping all those affected by the disease has inspired and motivated others to get involved contributing to the event’s success. Stephanie Buffaloe, another owner of a Home Instead Senior Care franchise, has been involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer's for several years. She is a team member of Home Instead Succasunna, and is one of only a few Elite Grand Champions having raised over $7,500 so far. Stephanie has also recently become the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) Chair for the Walk Planning Committee.
Stephanie adds, “At Home Instead, we get the honor to walk alongside those caring for a loved one. We walk for them, as well as those in our own families. We walk to help fund programs, research and supportive services for them. We will walk as a team until the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease is found.”
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia in the U.S. In New Jersey alone, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 448,000 caregivers.
Register your team today. Sign up as a Team Captain or register to walk as an individual. Learn more at alz.org/njwalk. To donate, text 2ENDALZ to 51555, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.