NEW YORK, May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN), the Alzheimer's Association and Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan will ring the Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange this morning to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease. The group will also participate in a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, which will be lit purple this evening for Alzheimer's awareness.
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Welltower and its partners and operators have raised more than $3 million for the Alzheimer's Association, including more than $250,000 by Welltower employees and a $250,000 grant from the Welltower Foundation.
Welltower's Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. DeRosa will be recognized as the Alzheimer's Association National Honoree at tonight's Brain Ball in Washington, D.C. The annual event elevates the profile of Alzheimer's disease and its impact on families and raises funds for research and critical support services for individuals, families and caregivers facing the daily challenges of the disease.
DeRosa, whose father died of complications from Alzheimer's, is committed to advancing memory care and connectivity across the health care continuum to provide quality of life and dignity for people living with dementia.
"Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and cannot be prevented or cured," said DeRosa. "I'm proud of the partnerships we're building to raise awareness and improve the quality of life of those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. This needs to be a national priority."
Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower™, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns more than 1,400 properties in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at www.welltower.com.
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