(Litchfield, CT) Joyce Woodward Women’s Champion. Brandywine Living at Litchfield is proud to announce that our INVEST Coordinator, Joyce Woodward, was named the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Women’s Champion 2017. Joyce and the other Women’s Champions selected this year were celebrated at an Alzheimer’s Association Class of 2017 Breakfast on May 18th, 2017.
“Creativity, patience and true compassion are just a few of the talents Joyce possesses and brings to Brandywine Living at Litchfield,” said Felicia Saraceno, Executive Director of Brandywine Living at Litchfield. “Her work with planning and implementing quality programs in our Reflections Serenade memory care program is where her talents really come to life. The community is proud that Joyce was selected as a Women’s Champion.”
The passion Joyce has for helping others with Alzheimer’s disease stems from her own personal experience with her grandfather. Knowing there was no cure, her approach was to embrace the time she had left with her grandfather by creating meaningful experiences for both of them to cherish for a lifetime, prior to his passing. She embraces Brandywine’s residents daily with that same compassion along with her rescue therapy dog, Quin, who provides unconditional love to residents at the community.
“My mission is to shine light on how important funding is for both caregiver relief and safe, quality and honest care for loved ones, whether it is at home or in a memory care community,” said Joyce Woodward, INVEST Coordinator at Brandywine Living of Litchfield. “Being a Women’s Champion aids me in promoting the importance of my mission.”
The Women’s Champions Initiative was launched in 2015 and grows each year as new champions are nominated and join that year’s respective class. There are 5.5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease and 3.3 million of those are women. The initiative was started to bring together women who are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s disease crisis and responsible for driving solutions.
The group is an extension of the Alzheimer’s Association, providing many hours of volunteer services, expertise, advocacy and philanthropy to the cause. The inspirational women who make up the group have made a commitment to make Alzheimer’s a priority in their lives, work and philanthropy moving us closer to a world without Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter estimates there are more than 75,000 people in Connecticut with Alzheimer’s disease and a growing population of early onset Alzheimer’s in the state. There are 177,000 caregivers who provide more than 200,000 hours of unpaid care each year to family, friends and colleagues. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death and the only one of the top ten that has no way to be slowed, stopped or prevented. There is no cure. The Alzheimer’s Association offers care and support through the 24/7 Helpline, support groups, care consultations and community education. To find out more contact the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter at 860-828-2828 or visit alz.org/ct.
Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine currently operates 28 communities in five states (PA, NJ, NY, CT & DE) with capacity to serve over 3,000 residents.
Brandywine is actively expanding its portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic and currently has over $100 million of construction in progress (including communities in the Washington, DC area and Alexandria, VA scheduled to open in 2018). Brandywine is also under agreement for additional sites in Northern VA and Montgomery County, MD, and anticipates opening five communities in the D.C. metropolitan area. www.Brandycare.com.
About The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org/ct or call 800-272-3900.