Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) December 16, 2011
As part of its ongoing commitment to improve the health of seniors, employees at Emeritus Senior Living’s 485 communities hit the streets in force and launched hundreds of fundraisers across the nation to support the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
As a 2011 Gold Level national team, Emeritus raised $404,602 – exceeding last year’s total by more than $130,000 – to help the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to build awareness and fund care, support and research. The Emeritus corporate office in Seattle even helped sponsor a Flash Mob at the Seattle Center's Walk to End Alzheimer's to help bring awareness of the cause to the younger generation.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic that is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease every 69 seconds, and more than 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease – a number that is projected to double by mid-century.
“As a company that is passionately dedicated to seniors, we believe it’s vital to assist with efforts to provide education, support and resources to families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s,” said Granger Cobb, Emeritus President and CEO. “Emeritus is proud to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are especially proud of our thousands of employees who have spent countless hours raising funds for this cause. We hope these efforts help the Alzheimer’s Association as they continue to provide valuable support services to this growing population.”
Emeritus Corporation is a national provider of senior living services, and one of the largest and most experienced operators of freestanding assisted living communities located throughout the United States. These communities provide a residential housing alternative for senior citizens who need assistance with the activities of daily living, and support in the aging process. Emeritus currently operates 485 communities in 44 states representing capacity for approximately 43,400 units and approximately 50,500 residents. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC, and our home page is at http://www.emeritus.com.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit http://www.alz.org.