December 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - The owner and president of Assisting Hands Gulf Coast, Alexis Nguyen, today pledged her support of the Alzheimer's Association through the "Plant a Seed of Hope" donation program. Her office's contribution will be used to fund research to find a cure for the disease that is currently seen in five million Americans and 35 million people worldwide.
"We believe this research is worthwhile and absolutely necessary," said Nguyen. "In our capacity as in-home caregivers, we serve a growing number of families profoundly affected by Alzheimer's disease."
On December 9, Nguyen and Assisting Hands Gulf Coast VP of Business Development Kathleen Stasia, traveled across Old Tampa Bay from the Assisting Hands Gulf Coast office in south Tampa, to the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast chapter office in Clearwater. While there, they presented a donation check and met local association executives Chief Executive Officer Gloria T. Smith, Chief Operating Officer Chuck Albrecht, Vice President of Programs Lisa Milne and Director of Client Advocacy Peggy Macaluso.
"We are so grateful for the support of local Florida businesses," said Smith. "Home health care providers like Assisting Hands Gulf Coast see the painful effects of Alzheimer's on a daily basis, while caring for clients."
The Alzheimer's Association strives to advance the understanding of Alzheimer's through a peer-reviewed research grant program, which has awarded over $315 million to more than 2,200 scientists since 1982. The number of people suffering from Alzheimer's is expected to skyrocket, to as many as 16 million in the U.S. and 115 million globally, by the middle of the 21st century. An estimated 20 percent of Assisting Hands Gulf Coast's current clients have been diagnosed with varying stages of Alzheimer's or dementia.
Assisting Hands is a franchise company that provides in-home personal care, meal preparation, companionship and case management services to seniors and others needing nursing care and non-medical assistance. Owner Alexis Nguyen opened Assisting Hands Gulf Coast on March 10, 2014 to provide services to Hillsborough County. Its service area will expand to Manatee County in the first quarter of 2015. The office is located at 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite #953, Tampa, FL 33607, and the phone number is (813) 868-6782. Visit the Assisting Hands Gulf Coast website at www.myassistinghands.com, its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/assistinghandsgulfcoast or email email@example.com for more information.
Alzheimer's disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who in 1906 noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. In 1979, representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer's disease. In April 10, 1980 the Alzheimer's Association was formed, and today the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer's across the globe through its national office and chapters in communities nationwide. It is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Visit http://www.alz.org/ to learn more.
SOURCE Assisting Hands Home Care