The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
I wrote previously about how chapters in New York City, California (San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles), New Jersey, and Texas decided to break from the Alzheimer's Association.
Previously chapters in North Carolina, Wisconsin, eastern Tennessee and Long Island, N.Y. left the association.
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Those non-profits leaving the Alzheimer's Association did so for the following major reasons - use of the funds being raised, lavish salaries, and the diminishing role of supporting patients and families who desperately need help - right now. Basically money and priorities.
For the period from 2005 - 2013:
- National spending on travel quadrupled
- Executive salaries nearly tripled
- Harry Johns, the association’s CEO, $2.8 million compensation
- Rent for the Association's office on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
- And, a decline in research funding to $13 million a year from $21 million, a drop of 38 percent.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). The Alzheimer's Reading Room contains more than 5,000 articles and has been published daily since July, 2009.
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