Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter has named White Plains resident Stacey Cohen, formerly of Chappaqua, a 2016-17 Women’s Champion. She is among 12 champions from around the Hudson Valley chosen because of their devotion to the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Stacey Cohen

“Alzheimer’s disease entered my world when my father was succumbing to dementia, and at the same time, my dear mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” Cohen said. “I watched as both disintegrated into the trenches of this heartbreaking illness, and I lost two people I loved most in the world.”

She became an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, working in the Purchase office, serving on the Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer’s organizing committee and performing music during Memory Cafes in Westchester County. Memory Cafes are social outings for people with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers that usually include a meal out with live music.

“I am thrilled that I can combine my work as a musician with my Alzheimer’s volunteer work,” Cohen said. “There is a strong music component to the Memory Cafe, and I am honored to have my trio play there.”

The Women’s Champions program seeks to empower women to strike back against Alzheimer’s, since they are at the forefront of the disease: Two-thirds of those affected by Alzheimer’s are women, and women make up more than 60 percent of caregivers for people with dementia. To learn more about the 12 Women’s Champions, visit the newly launched website at alzchampions.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its 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.

To learn more about the Hudson Valley Chapter, call 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/hudsonvalley.

To learn more about the Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit WestchesterWalk.org

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