On Saturday, October 17, Team SAGE will be participating for the fourth consecutive year in the Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Team SAGE will be participating at the walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, which kicks off at 10 am (registration is at 9 am).

Walks are held throughout the United States during the fall to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.  More than 5 million individuals in this country live with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the 6th leading cause of death, yet it remains one of the nation’s largest underfunded public health threat. 

“Last year, Team SAGE was led by Ray Eriksen of New Providence and Ed Capano of Westfield and we raised nearly $7,000, had 15 walkers participate, and were named as a top fundraising team for the third year,” noted Deanna Butters, Director of Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center at SAGE Eldercare. “We are hoping to get more participants this year on our team, as well as raise more awareness and funds to help fight this disease which affects a large percentage of our adult day program participants.”

The Alzheimer’s Association uses money raised from the walk to fund care, support and research initiatives. In addition, by fundraising and participating in the event, walkers help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in the community.

To participate with Team SAGE in the October 17 walk or to learn more about the organization, please call 908.273.5550 or visit http://bit.ly/1SEcuG4. To make a tax-deductible contribution in honor of Team SAGE or in memory of a loved one, please call SAGE’s Development Office at 908.598.5504.

Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves an amazing place to age.  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible.  From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes.  SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.  For more information, please call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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Team SAGE, led by Ray Eriksen of New Providence, Ed Capano of Westfield, and Deanna Butters from SAGE Eldercare in Summit, raised nearly $7,000 at the 2014 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” Some of last year’s “Team SAGE” members are pictured above; in the front row, left to right, Ray Eriksen of New Providence, Deanna Butters of New Brunswick, Jenna Leone of South Orange, and Leslie Ortenzi of Jersey City; back row, left to right, Ed Capano of Westfield, Lauren Campasano of New Providence, and Jae Hargrove of New Brunswick, and Anthony Ortenzi of Jersey City.  Walks are held throughout the United States during the fall to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.  More than five million individuals in this country live with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the sixth leading cause of death, yet it remains one of the nation’s largest underfunded public health threat.  To learn more, contact SAGE Eldercare at 908.273.5550 or join Team SAGE at http://bit.ly/1SEcuG4.

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