Houston businesses are fighting back. This year, local companies are partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to lead the way to the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Deloitte, EY, Texas Capital Bank and Retirement Center Management are part of the 2018 Corporate Leadership Council for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, they are mobilizing their employees, clients, families and friends in the fight against Alzheimer’s by raising funds and awareness through Houston’s Walk on November 3rd.
More than 5.7 million people in the United States are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and an American develops the disease every 65 seconds. The ripple effects of the disease are even more widespread, touching the family and friends of those afflicted. The Society for Human Resource Management says that nearly 60 percent
of individuals caring for an aging loved one are also holding down a full-time job. That’s a lot of stress and financial hardship thrust upon the valued employees that are the heart of any successful company.
A newcomer to the leadership council is Houston-based Retirement Center Management, which runs 21 senior living communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The RCM brand includes independent living, assisted living, and safe and secure memory care for older residents with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases. Robyn Clement leads the Retirement Center Management Walk team and is serving as the Houston Walk’s Team Recruitment Chair this year.
Each member of the council is committed to contributing $30,000 in combined sponsorship and fundraising to the Walk. They are also working with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness of the disease in the workplace. Last year, according to the Association, 54 percent of employees nationwide had to take time off of work to care for a family member or friend suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia; 15 percent had to take an extended leave of absence. Overall, business-es lose $61 billion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity due to caregiver absenteeism.
The five members of this year’s Corporate Leadership Council are concerned with more than the bottom-line productivity of their employees—they care about their teams’ well-being. And most of all, they’re working together to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s because it’s the right thing to do.