Letter to the Editor: We are not the first Alzheimer’s office, but we all share the same goals

The location of the new Alzheimer’s Association office, St. George, Utah, Sept. 5, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

OPINION — Thank you for your recent coverage of the grand opening of the Alzheimer’s Association office in St. George. We are excited about the opportunity to increase the level of service to the community.

I want to clarify a point that was made in the coverage of the opening. As was pointed out by Carrie Hill Steckl in her letter to the editor on Sept. 12, this is not the first Alzheimer’s Association office in St. George.

Read more: Letter to the Editor: Calling new Alzheimer’s office ‘the first’ discredits previously laid groundwork

We are grateful for the past employees and volunteers who have worked so diligently over the years to serve people of Washington County who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Carrie Hill Steckl, LuAnn Lundquist, and many others have been the backbone of service. We thank them for their dedicated work. We are excited to partner with the other organizations and agencies in the area to provide much needed additional services.

Currently there are approximately 3,500 individuals over the age of 65 living with Alzheimer’s disease in Washington County, which is the highest prevalence per capita in the state. This is why the Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to increase our service and commitment through our new St George office, and new staffing.

While we haven’t had a physical office in St. George for several years, our chapter has had continual service to the community through support groups, care consultations, public education programs, excellent web based resources and our free 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900. We are committed to increase our level of support and engagement.

We look to a future where Alzheimer’s is eradicated and until that day comes the Alzheimer’s Association will be here to care for and support those people that are affected by this devastating disease.

I invite any and all readers who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the resources available to attend our Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 10 at Trailblazer Stadium at Dixie State University. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. More information about the Walk can be found here.

Submitted by RONNIE DANIEL, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter

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  • Hataalii September 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I sincerely hope that both Memory Matters and Alzheimer’s Association can work together in harmony. Both are organizations working to help out victims and caregivers. It’s a big job and there is room for everyone.

  • Jeannette September 20, 2018 at 4:03 am

    We work for money, but we serve out of love. Thank you for all you do for our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s. You are all so needed.

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