Empower Retirement understands the needs Americans have as we age and approach retirement. They also understand that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the biggest obstacles facing our aging population. That combination makes for a logical connection for Empower, a gold sponsor for the 2020 Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 19.
“I think we have big motivating factors,” said Angie Ruddell, Engagement & Corporate Social Responsibility manager for Empower Retirement. “Our community engagement program is designed to support our employees’ passions, and we have many associates who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and are really involved with the Association. Secondly, we are proud of our partnership with the Denver Broncos and are thrilled to align with them around the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Ruddell notes that Empower Retirement is focused on helping its customers plan for the future they imagine, but for the nearly 6 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s and the 16 million loved ones who provide unpaid care for them, most did not anticipate the impact the disease would have on their lives, or their finances.
“We help our customers plan for the future they imagine, but we also understand that saving and investing for retirement is just one part of the plan,” Ruddell said. “Our health is a critical part of everyone’s future.”
The importance of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Ruddell believes, is to both raise awareness of the resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Association and to raise critical funds to find a cure for the sixth-leading cause of death.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is an incredibly reputable, longstanding organization that leads the effort towards a cure and provides critical resources to people we work closely with,” Ruddell said. “Through our partnership with the Denver Broncos, we have a mutual passion for the Alzheimer’s Association and the opportunity to strengthen our connection by working alongside one another to raise funds and awareness for the mission.”
While the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be different, the team at Empower Retirement is excited about the event. And in partnership with the Denver Broncos, Empower Field at Mile High will host the Alzheimer’s Association’s Promise Garden for drive-by viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept 18, on the eve of the Denver Walk. And they will light the stadium purple to commemorate the occasion.
“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is first and foremost an opportunity to highlight this deadly, yet often silent, disease,” said Ruddell. “It is also a fantastic chance to bring together our associates and partners in a time when we have had to encourage distance to keep people safe. Whether people are gathering socially distant or virtually, the community comes alive!”
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The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.