Atrium at Rocky Hill Reunites Connecticut Alzheimer's Association Women's Champions

November 16, 2018

Better Connecticut Host Kara Sundlun and Nearly 100 Alzheimer’s Advocates 
Gathered in Rocky Hill to Advance Cause


Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Since 2000, The Atrium at Rocky Hill, a Benchmark memory care community, has been advocating and caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Now, the community is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter to help work toward finding a cure and furthering advocacy for families affected by the disease. 

On Nov. 14, The Atrium at Rocky Hill hosted a reunion of the chapter’s Alzheimer’s Women’s Champions at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Conn., as an extension of The Atrium’s mission to elevate human connection and help keep people connected to what matters most in their lives. 

Nominated every year by their peers, Champions are empowered to use their unique experience, passion and influence to advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association through advocacy, education, outreach and philanthropy. These inspirational women have made a commitment to make Alzheimer’s a priority in their lives, working closer to a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Hosted by Kara Sundlun, co-host of Better Connecticut and a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist, The Alzheimer’s Women’s Champions Reunion Luncheon drew nearly 100 women from across Connecticut. PS Salon provided complimentary hair and makeup services. Attendees shared their stories of working with and fighting for those with Alzheimer’s. Joan Weisman, a resident at Edgehill, Benchmark’s continuing care retirement community in Stamford, Conn., expressed sadness seeing her friends at the community continually being diagnosed with and declining due to dementia. Together with her fellow residents, she now hosts an annual fundraiser for the Association, which this year raised over $27,000. 

“We are incredibly grateful to The Atrium at Rocky Hill for bringing us all together because, without their support, this would not have been possible,” says Eleanora Tornatore-Mikesh, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. “I am so incredibly proud of the energy and intention these women bring to this cause every single day. Connecticut is fortunate to have our Champions as a unique resource because they make it possible for those with dementia to live and thrive here.” “One of our Benchmark values is that we are Better Together, and this event is the perfect example of that,” says Trish Keaney, executive director of The Atrium at Rocky Hill. “There is huge strength in numbers, and it’s our goal to continue working with the Alzheimer’s Association to put an end to this disease.”

Offering an alternative to skilled nursing care, The Atrium at Rocky Hill is the only memory care community in the greater Rocky Hill area focusing on maintaining and maximizing independence for all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Atrium staff develops deep and meaningful relationships with each resident and family member to help them connect with what matters most at every stage of life and experience the utmost fulfillment. The community’s Mind & Memory approach provides a holistic methodology for caring for those with memory issues, engaging in physical, social, intellectual, emotional, purposeful and spiritual wellness through research-based programming, individualized and group activities, 24/7 personal care assistance and more. 

Benchmark is proud to work closely with The Alzheimer’s Association and its local chapters throughout the Northeast. This year, for the first time, the company participated as a National Team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising nearly $80,000 through Benchmark teams comprising associates and residents.

About Benchmark 
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark operates 58 senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization this year was selected by Fortune magazine for its inaugural 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging service providers and ranking third among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only a handful of  companies recognized as a top workplace by The Boston Globe for all 11 years of the award. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Connecticut Post, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by Boston Business Journal and Providence Business News as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

About The Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, carol@arnoldcomm.com, (603) 502-0469. 

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