Alzheimer’s office to open in Centre County

The greater Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is opening an office in Centre County in the coming weeks to bridge the gap of coverage within the state.

Chapter board Director Stan Richards spoke to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, explaining the need for a central location and how Alzheimer’s is affecting residents across the state.

“This will give us an opportunity to service the area in the central part of the state,” he said.

In addition to the permanent staff at the office, he said, educators will be able to travel into State College to provide seminars and programs to the six-county area. Currently, the closest office the association has to Centre County is in Harrisburg.

It’s estimated that someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds in the U.S., Richards said. Half a million of those individuals live in Pennsylvania, with about 30,000 in the general vicinity.

Events Manager Lissa Wise said she and fellow staff member Hilary Harry will be working on awareness programs in the region, reaching out to let communities know of the office.

A grand opening is slated for May 12 at the office, located at 270 Walker Drive in College Township. Richards directed those looking for information on Alzheimer’s to the association’s website at www.alz.org/pa.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews