Alzheimer’s Association Delivers Care and Support Services on the Eastern Shore

Alzheimer’s Association services on the Eastern Shore are delivered by two Greater Maryland Chapter employees: Community Outreach Coordinator Susan Weller and Constituent Events Manager Leslie Zimmerman. Working in tandem from an office in Salisbury and remotely in Garrisonville, respectively, the duo’s reach extends to nine counties: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.
More than 6 million U.S. residents live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, with more than 110,000 residing in Maryland. Providing support to affected individuals and families, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading global voluntary health organization advancing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia awareness. These efforts include accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
“My goal is to build relationships with community and business leaders and those who work with aging communities to increase awareness and understanding of the disease,” says Weller. “To support families, we offer education programs, support groups and memory cafés.” Weller also cites another essential component to her efforts. “I’m always looking for volunteers to help spread the word about our services and find people who want to take part in educating and supporting people in their community.”
Another way people of all ages can fight to end Alzheimer’s is to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, held locally in Easton and Salisbury, Maryland. “We’re excited to announce the addition of the second walk location held on Saturday, September 10 at Easton High School,” says Zimmerman. In addition, the walks raise critical funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.” To reach a combined Walk goal of $145,000 on the Eastern Shore, individual and business leader volunteers help recruit teams, secure sponsors, and promote the event.
Among valued partnerships is this year’s Promise Garden Sponsor, ERA Martin Associates. “Team ERA has a long history of participating as a corporate walk sponsor and a walk team, raising over $123,000 since 2012. The company also helps plan the Salisbury walk-day experience, taking pride in consistently being a top walk fundraising team. Each year their participation spurs friendly competition among other walk teams. This year’s Salisbury walk event is Saturday, October 29.
If you or a family member are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, contact the Alzheimer’s Association.
For information about Alzheimer’s Association education and support services, contact Susan Weller, email sdweller@alz.org. For information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Leslie
Zimmerman, ldzimmerman@alz.org or register at alz.org/Maryland/walk. For support, call the 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900.