Jim Wilgus joined the Lynnwood-based Washington State Chapter on June 3
LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 4, 2019 – The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Wilgus as the new executive director for the Washington State Chapter based in Lynnwood. Jim first joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010 and previously served as a regional leader for nine states, including Washington.
“It’s an honor to continue my work with the Alzheimer’s Association here at home in Washington State,” says Wilgus. “I’m fortunate to have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of staff and volunteers. I look forward to working with them to grow our impact and expand our reach in communities across our service area.”
In addition to becoming the new executive director in Washington, Jim will continue his regional leadership role for local chapters in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. He has over 30 years of nonprofit experience and previously worked for the American Heart Association and American Lung Association. Jim resides in Seattle and will be based in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Lynnwood and Tukwila offices.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.8 Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 110,000 people in Washington State—and this number is expected to increase by 27% by 2025. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the third leading cause of death in the state, ranking Washington ninth in the country for Alzheimer’s deaths. The disease currently cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
“The care and support services offered by the Washington State Chapter are critical for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia,” says Wilgus. “My grandmother passed away in October 2017 from the disease, and as her caregiver-from-afar, I witnessed this disease rob her of her ability to remember her own family— which is why I fight for the people we serve today, and with hope for a treatment or medical breakthrough through research, for all of us for tomorrow.”
Local services include care consultations, support groups and educational programs. The Alzheimer’s Association also has a 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) for anyone needing information, support or resources. Visit www.alzwa.org for more information.
About Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter serves Washington State and northern Idaho.
Visit www.alzwa.org or call 1.800.272.3900 to learn more.