Monday, February 24, 2020

Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic Spreads Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease in Women

In wearing their letters proudly aligning with the purpose of Alumnae Panhellenics to inform sorority women of current trends and stimulating a continuing interest in Panhellenic involvement, the Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic Association has supported the philanthropy of the outgoing president’s sorority during the association’s annual meeting and spring luncheon.

Below you can find a word from the Michele Gennarino, former Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic president, about their most recent

During the past few years, we have determined the organization that we will support at the annual meeting and spring luncheon of our association will be by focusing on the philanthropy of the outgoing president’s sorority. I am a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and our philanthropy is focused on Alzheimer’s and we are proud sponsors of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through our connection with the Alzheimer's Association locally in Rochester, NY, we were able to connect to a prominent doctor in the area who shared insights with our members.

Just a few facts first:
  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018 and 3.2 million are women.
  • Women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer's, compared to a 1 in 11 chance for men.
  • Alzheimer’s will touch each one of us in our lifetime if it already hasn’t.
We asked Dr. Podgorski from the University of Rochester’s Medical Center to share with us “Women and Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know, What We Think, and What We Hope.” She put on a 20-30 minute presentation (complete with slides) about the topic. It was fascinating and riveting, and a topic that affects so many of us.