Stroudsburgs Rotary learns about Alzheimer’s

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Delaware Water Gap, PA ­­– One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s and there are an estimated 280,000 people stricken by the disease in Pennsylvania,  according to Clayton Jacobs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jacobs spoke recently before the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs at its weekly meeting at the Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap.

He told the Rotary Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States “and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that can’t be prevented or cured.”

Payments for care of patients are estimated at $200 billion in the United States in 2012, and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion.

Jacobs is vice president of Program and Services with the Alzheimer’s Association and is based in Wilkes Barre, where the Greater Pennsylvania chapter served 59 of the state’s 67 counties.

He was a guest of Rotarian Jessica C. Alexandre, of Home Instead Senior Care. She is this year’s chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, set for Saturday, Sept. 8 at Shawnee Inn.  For more information: alz.org/walk.

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, created in 1922, in the past five years raised and distributed more than $145,000 in grants and scholarships to 30 different organizations in the Poconos. During the same period the club sent more than $100,000 for Rotary International projects overseas, for projects ranging from the eradication of polio worldwide to, this year’s goal, construction of a school in Haiti.  The club annually awards four college scholarships to Monroe County students at East Stroudsburg University, awards four other scholarships to high school seniors from Monroe County, and conducts an essay contest, with $875 in awards, annually. The amount distributed to Monroe County students annually is $5,875.

The goal this  year and every year is to help more organizations and more individuals with more money, whenever it will make a positive change.

The club meets Thursdays at 11:55 a.m. at the Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap and is eagerly recruiting anyone who wishes to embrace the community and share the good feeling that results when good times bring good things to good people.  For information:  http://www.stroudsburgsrotary.org/ or contact secretary Laura Goss, (570) 476-4460.

Photo left to right: Jessica C. Alexandre (CQ), Clayton Jacobs, Rotary President Richard Munson.