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Four State volunteer chosen to represent Missouri at 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Summit



Local Volunteer Chosen to Represent Greater Missouri at 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Summit

Erica Pederson, pictured, area Elder Care Advisor for Americare and this year’s chairperson for the Joplin Area Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for September 27, 2014, has been invited to attend the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Summit in New Orleans, LA in February.

Pederson, who was on the committee in 2013, will join other event chairs and Alzheimer’s Association staff from around the country to learn about how best to organize, publicize, and execute their local walks. Education sessions include training on recruiting volunteers and participants and how to work with local media to secure proper news coverage. In addition, participants also will hear updates on Alzheimer’s research funded by the national association and other work being done nationally and globally to support patients and families.

“As Americare’s outreach coordinator for Foxberry Terrace, Silver Creek and the Arbors at Silver Creek, Erica has become a valuable resource to many in the community,” said Tricia Mosbacher, Americare regional operations director. “Part of Americare’s philosophy is to give back to the communities in which we operate. Erica is a great example of doing just that. She not only works hard to reach out to elders and their families in the community – she also volunteers her time to support causes that affect their lives. Her work with the local Alzheimer’s Association is important to her and to our company."

According to local Alzheimer’s Association Associate Director of Special Events, Nate Reed, the purpose of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is to raise funds for support, education, advocacy and research for southwest Missouri. Last year’s walk raised more than $12,000.

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