The Ohio Council of the Alzheimer’s Association today presented Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) with the 2014 Sharen Eckert Leadership in Advocacy Award, in recognition of his long-time support of the Alzheimer’s Association and its public policy efforts.
“I am honored to receive the Sharen Eckert Leadership in Advocacy Award and to have had the opportunity to work on behalf of those who have been affected by this debilitating condition, either personally or through a loved one,” said Speaker Batchelder. “Through ongoing efforts by groups like the Alzheimer’s Association, I am confident that we will notice great progress in this fight and improvements in the lives of patients facing mental illness.”
The award was presented to Speaker Batchelder during the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Day Program at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, March 2nd.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a voice in executive, legislative and judicial decisions for those individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their families and caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s, and it is projected that as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease by 2050.