Alzheimer’s Readiness Project Awards Mayor Marty Walsh & Alzheimer’s Association-MANH
Sep 16, 2016
In a press conference at Boston City Hall, the Alzheimer’s Readiness Project presented Mayor Marty Walsh and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts & New Hampshire Chapter (MANH) with awards for their visionary leadership and collaboration in preparing their communities for Alzheimer’s.
Mayor Walsh launched the Boston Alzheimer’s Initiative back in 2014, becoming the first major capital city to join the Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance: an employee program that provides education about the warning signs of the disease, the importance of early detection, and patient/caregiver resources. All city employees – including the police and fire departments, emergency medical services, the housing authority, and the elderly commission – now receive Alzheimer’s trainings. And these trainings are conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association-MANH.
Mayor Walsh also began monthly “memory cafés”, a way for the local Alzheimer’s community to come together and reflect on shared experiences through art activities, guided discussion, and presentations from disease experts. And the Alzheimer’s Association-MANH Chapter provides an array of additional free services to Alzheimer’s patients and their families and serves as a key partner in fundraising for Alzheimer’s treatment research.