More than five million Americans are living with some form of Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow as the population ages.
However, the fight against the illness is growing as well.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday marked the opening of the new headquarters for the Alzheimer’s Association in Millcreek Township.
The facility, at 1600 Peninsula Dr., gives the association a place to offer support and care for families dealing with the illness.
Gail Roddie-Hamlin, the association’s executive director, said the facility will be only as good as the people who staff it.
“We need volunteers,” Roddie-Hamlin said. “So, if someone out there is wondering what can I do? I’m going to ask you today, consider volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association.”
The association’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Walk to End Alzheimer’s – is Sept. 17 at Jerry Uht Park.
“We’re a great cause, we have a lot of fun and we need you,” Roddie-Hamlin added.