The Herald (September 13, 2013): Alzheimer's Association Recognizes Massachusetts as First State in Nation to Join Alzheimer's Alliance

Publication Date: 
Fri, 09/13/2013

The Alzheimer's Association announced that Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to join with the Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance (AEDA), an Alzheimer's Association program that provides information and resources to employees of organization. All state employees will be able to access information about warning signs of Alzheimer's as well as resources to cope with living with the disease or caring for someone affected.

"Governor Patrick has shown incredible leadership and insight into the needs of the people of Massachusetts," said James Wessler, President/CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter. "By joining AEDA, he is bringing tremendous resources to the 30,000 state employees."

AEDA was created to help business better support employees faced with Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million in the U.S. have the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Nearly 16 million are family caretivers for someone affected.

Massachusetts is the first state to register for the program, and the 100th business in Massachusetts to join the AEDA on behalf of employees. Through this partnership, Commonwealth employees will have easy access to substantial resources, online and through educational programs, from the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusett/New Hampshire Chapter.