ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alzheimer’s Association is recognizing Argentum Board member and Welltower CEO and Director Tom DeRosa as its national honoree at the Brain Ball, a charitable event with proceeds supporting the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.
The Brain Ball, this evening in Washington, D.C., serves to raise funds for cutting edge research and critical support services for individuals, families and caregivers facing the daily challenges of the disease. DeRosa, whose father died of complications from Alzheimer’s, is committed to advancing memory care and connectivity across the health care continuum to provide quality of life and dignity for people living with dementia.
“Tom DeRosa is an outstanding industry leader and most deserving of this recognition, highlighting his passion and commitment to elevating awareness of the disease and making it a national priority,” said Argentum Board Chairman Brenda Bacon, who also serves as president and CEO of Brandywine Living.
Welltower and its partners and operators have raise more than $3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, including more than $250,000 by Welltower employees and a $250,000 grant from the Welltower Foundation.
“It’s exemplary leaders like Tom DeRosa who encourage innovative programming and resources for memory care in senior living,” said Argentum President and CEO James Balda. “Until this awful disease is eradicated, senior living communities can offer safe and purposeful homes for those with Alzheimer’s disease and offer peace of mind to their families and loved ones.”
This morning, Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN), the Alzheimer’s Association and Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. The group also participated in a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, which while DeRosa accepts his award this evening will be lit purple for Alzheimer’s awareness.
Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Argentum’s programs promote business and operational excellence designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living.