KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation, announced today that the company raised $275,000 in 2013 to support the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® as a Silver National Team. Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Association care, support and research programs. Last year, Genesis HealthCare employees from more than 200 of its 400 centers across the country, as well as the regional and corporate offices, came together to raise funds for this important cause.
Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. It is an inspiring experience that calls participants to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Participants learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trials and support programs and services.
"Genesis is proud to have been a Silver National Team supporter of Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Alzheimer's Association last year and we are thrilled to have met our significant fundraising goal of $275,000," shares Chief Executive Officer George V. Hager, Jr. "The Alzheimer's Association continues to provide valuable support services to individuals living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, while also supporting critically needed research. In our work every day, we are aware of the dramatic impact Alzheimer's has on individuals, families and companies, so we are committed to support the Alzheimer's Association."
Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. In the United States alone, more than 5 million people are living with the disease. As the baby boomers get older, those numbers will rise dramatically. By 2050, as many as 16 million will have Alzheimer's. The dedication of Genesis HealthCare helps fuel the Association's care, support and research initiatives and is crucial to increasing Alzheimer's awareness in communities nationwide.
About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's:
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, we can end Alzheimer's – the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.
Genesis HealthCare is dedicated to improving the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion.
About Genesis HealthCare
Genesis HealthCare is one of the nation's largest skilled nursing care providers with more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 28 states nationwide. Genesis also supplies rehabilitation therapy to nearly 1,500 healthcare providers in 46 states. Visit our website at www.genesishcc.com.
About the Alzheimer's Association:
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. 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. For more information, visit www.alz.org.
Jeanne Moore, Genesis HealthCare
SOURCE Genesis HealthCare