LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Atria Senior Living, and the company's Chief Executive Officer, John Moore, will be honored this evening during the Alzheimer's Association Long Island's (AALI) 29th Annual Gala. AALI will recognize Atria, a long-time supporter of the organization, and its commitment to providing enhanced care and support for those affected by the illness. The event will also celebrate the continued efforts of the 11 Long Island Atria communities that have been instrumental in supporting the AALI's mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through research, and assist local families facing the challenges associated with Alzheimer's.
"We are honored to recognize Atria Senior Living and Mr. Moore for their tireless dedication to our cause," said Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Long Island. "The Atria communities on Long Island have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support our organization and the families we assist. Atria and its employees truly care about helping the more than 60,000 people on Long Island coping with Alzheimer's disease, and for that, we are honored and grateful to have them as our partner."
For almost 10 years, Atria communities have served as local educational resources for those facing Alzheimer's disease on Long Island, with communities hosting support groups, offering college-accredited training programs in conjunction with the AALI and sitting on AALI Boards and committees. Several Long Island Atria communities hold unique fundraisers annually to support the organization, and have raised more than $50,000 in the past decade. Events have included a "rock-a-thon," a cupcake showdown, a dinner cruise and other fundraisers. For the past five years, Atria employees have also worked closely with the Chapter's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the organization's most significant fundraising event of the year, participating and providing breakfast for the nearly 2,000 participants.
"We are humbled and honored to be recognized as a valued and committed partner of the Alzheimer's Association Long Island," said Moore. "Our mission is to provide the best home possible for all of our residents, including those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, by employing the most innovative and forward-thinking care practices available. Until this disease is eradicated, we will proudly support the Alzheimer's Association in their efforts to fund research, and to provide assistance and support to the seniors and families affected by this illness."
Atria operates more than 125 assisted and independent living communities across the nation. More than half offer Life Guidance® memory care neighborhoods, designed specifically for residents living with Alzheimer's disease and other memory impairments. Atria has added 13 new Life Guidance neighborhoods to its portfolio since 2007, most recently at Atria Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut, which opened its neighborhood in September. Atria Covell Gardens in Davis, California will open a Life Guidance neighborhood later this month. Additional memory care neighborhoods are planned for the future at other Atria communities.
"We're faced with a growing need in our country to provide high-quality care and resources for families dealing with this devastating disease," continued Moore. "Our Life Guidance program strives to provide environments where seniors living with Alzheimer's can continue to experience meaningful, joyful lives, and that help families navigate the challenging journey of Alzheimer's disease."
The AALI Annual Gala will take place tonight at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York from 7 – 11 pm. The theme is "Broadway Nights" and guests will enjoy dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. For more information about the event, call Mary Ann Malack-Ragona at 631.820.8068. For more information about Atria Senior Living or the company's research-driven Life Guidance programming, visit www.atriaseniorliving.com.
Atria Senior Living is one of the nation's leading providers of independent living, assisted living and memory care services. Home to more than 13,000 older Americans in 27 states, Atria communities provide respectful, quality services designed to promote independence and help seniors enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle. Atria's goal is to provide environments where older people thrive, where loneliness and isolation are forgotten and where families have confidence that their loved ones are secure and fulfilled. To learn more about Atria's innovative programming or to find an Atria community near you, please visit www.atriaseniorliving.com.