ROXBURY, NJ – Home Instead Senior Care of Succasunna, a longtime supporter of the Northwest Walk to End Alzheimers, is hosting on its yard a colorful memorial in honor of those affected by the disease.

The “Promise Garden” is situated at 109 Main Street, the company’s Morris County headquarters. It played a part in this year’s Walk as participants in the Oct. 25 event were invited to drive past the site to view the displays of blue, pink, orange and yellow pinwheels.

The Walk usually takes place at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna and features hundreds of participants. But due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey this year encouraged participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails around their neighborhoods.

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The New Jersey Chapter thanked Andrea and Steve Sussman, co-owners and co-executive directors of Home Instead, not only for the pinwheel garden but for their participation in the annual fundraiser. The Sussmans volunteer on the event’s planning committee.

“The Sussmans’ passion and dedication to helping those affected by the disease has inspired and motivated others to get involved,” said the Association. “This has contributed to the event’s success.”

Home Instead Succasunna’s walk team raised more than $15,000 putting it in the lead as the top Northwest Walk team. The funds raised by the effort, and that of others, will help accelerate global research, risk reduction and early detection and maximize quality care and support, noted the organization.

“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,” said Andrea Sussman. “We have provided care for literally hundreds of families afflicted with Alzheimer's and have seen firsthand the devastation that it causes.”

Sussman said she and her colleagues have participated 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,” she said. “We have 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.’”

Sussman said that the only way she and her husband can truly fulfill their mission to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families, “is by being personally committed to increasing awareness of the issues seniors face.”

The Sussman’s passion and dedication to helping all those affected by the disease has inspired and motivated others to get involved and has contributed to the success of the annual Walk, said the Association.

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, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 448,000 caregivers. 

To learn more or to donate to Home Instead Succasunna’s Walk, visit http://act.alz.org/goto/hiscsuccasunna .  Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31.

(Editor's Note: Home Instead Senior Care, in Succasunna, and Alzheimer's Association of Greater New Jersey are TAPinto Roxbury sponsors)

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