Alzheimer's Association opens East Troy office

St. James parsonage is home to several non-profit agencies

(Published Jan. 23, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

St. James Methodist Church in East Troy will be the new local office for those seeking resources related to Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, serves an 11-county region, including Walworth County, through its regional services team.

Wendy Betley, who has served as Regional Services Coordinator in Walworth for the past year and a half is now working out of a local office at 2931 Main Street in East Troy.

The St. James Methodist Church parsonage, now known as "The Wesley House," has been dedicated by the church for use by non-profit agencies. Other agencies utilizing the space include the East Troy Family and Community Resource Center.

"I am a longtime resident of East Troy and I am thankful that I have been given an opportunity to assist families locally and throughout Walworth County," Betley was quoted as saying in a news release. "Thanks to the wonderful people at St. James Methodist Church, the Alzheimer's Association now has a more visible presence in the community and convenient location for serving the entire county," she added.

As part of the chapter's regional services team, Betley is responsible for bringing information, education and support to persons affected by Alzheimer's disease or related dementias at the local level. She works closely with health-care providers, senior services organizations and care facilities to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease, provide educational opportunities for families and professionals and inform the public about services available through the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter.

Betley's 10 years of experience include serving as a social worker for a 58-bed specialty Alzheimer's/ Dementia unit in a long-term care setting. She has worked for the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter in various capacities for more than five years.

The Alzheimer's Association is a national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; providing and enhancing care and support for all affected; and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter provides information, education and support to people with Alzheimer's and related dementias, their families and caregivers, and health-care professionals throughout an 11-county region. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or chapter services, visit the organization's Web site at www.alzheimers-sewi.org or call the toll-free, 24-hour Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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