(HUNTINGTON, NY) The clouds passed and the sun came out for a mini-walk held collaboratively by Brandywine Living at Huntington Terrace and Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation on May 6th. The local community, staff, residents and family members all came together to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and enjoy the beautiful day.
Participants started their day with a stretch class before walking around both buildings. After the walk participants and onlookers continued festivities with live entertainment, a barbecue, games and face painting for the kids. Fabulous raffle prizes helped raise funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association. There are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia, the majority being aged 65 and older. The event raised $2,458 for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter to help those affected locally.
Douglas Davidson, the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter commented, “We are so grateful to Brandywine Living at Huntington Terrace and Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation for all their support and participation in our Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The funds raised will benefit Long Islanders who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”
The most touching part of the event was when residents of Brandywine’s memory care program, Reflections, read poems about how Alzheimer’s disease has affected them.
“Do not ask me to remember, don’t try to make me understand, let me rest and know you’re with me, kiss my cheek and hold my hand…” a quote from “Do Not Ask Me to Remember” by Owen Darnell, was one particular poem that resonated with those in attendance at the mini-walk.
Local community sponsors for the event included Feldman Kramer & Monaco, P.C., New York Life, Caring People, AMR Care Group, Elderplan | Home First, Ansanelli Law Group, LLP, Healthy Vending, Susan Degraff Window Treatments and residents of Brandywine Living at Huntington’s Independent Living.
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.