Pearson Joins Board of Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter is delighted to welcome IMPH’s Dr. Lee Pearson to its statewide board of directors.
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Pearson join our board,” said Cindy Alewine, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. “Lee brings considerable expertise in the field of public health, along with exemplary leadership skills and a passion for this cause. Lee’s commitment and dedication will be great assets to our organization as we work to achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a unique triple threat with its soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous cost. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.
Already the most expensive disease in the U.S., prevalence of Alzheimer’s is set to skyrocket as baby boomers enter the age of greatest risk. Here in South Carolina, 81,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 120,000 by 2025.
The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter strives to enhance care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The chapter serves the entire state through a network of six regional offices, assisting families and professionals by providing information and referral, support groups, caregiver respite assistance, care consultation, education programs, a clinical trials matching program, safety services and a 24-Hour Helpline (800-272-3900).
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Nationally, the Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Through partnerships and funded projects, the Alzheimer’s Association has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.
The Association is also the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.
Dr. Pearson brings over 20 years of experience in analyzing and identifying the public health priorities and needs of South Carolina to the board. His professional history includes work at all levels of disease prevention. He currently serves as the director of operations for IMPH, which recently released the recommendations from the Long-Term Care Taskforce in “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” He earned his doctorate and Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.
“I am honored to become involved in the work of the Alzheimer’s Association,” expressed Dr. Pearson. “Their mission is essential to meeting the needs of thousands of South Carolinians facing this devastating disease. With growing need and numbers, the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is more important each day. I hope to add value and momentum to that work through my service on their Board.”