The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, the leading volunteer-driven voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, advocacy and research is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, especially now in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today we say "thank you" to Alexandra Amato, who has used her voice and a newfound talent in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Alexandra has been taking care of people since she can remember. She started volunteering as a candy striper at the age of 11, eventually becoming a nurse and is currently Community Relations Director at Artis Senior Living.

She says, “I was born to volunteer and give back.” Due to severe shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for those on the front-line battling the disease, Alexandra, having no previous sewing experience, bought a sewing machine online, watched countless YouTube videos on how to thread and use the machine, and has already produced more than 600 face masks and distributed them to local police, fire, hospital and hospice personnel.

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Alexandra serves as marketing chair of the Monmouth-Ocean Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee and is captain of the Artis Senior Living of Eatontown, Walk team.

To learn how you can volunteer and affect the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, visit https://alz.org/get-involved-now/volunteer.