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CHARLOTTE  – The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter announced today the addition of Katie Ballard and Alaina Schukraft to its team.

Ballard brings several years of working with older adults to her role as program manager. She most recently served as a research assistant in gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was the memory care director at Carillon Assisted Living of Huntersville. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation and earned a Masters of Arts in Gerontology from UNC Charlotte.

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In her role as a walk manager for the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter, Schukraft will oversee the Rowan-Cabarrus, Gaston/Cleveland/Lincoln and Winston-Salem Walk events. Previously, she served as a special events associate and volunteer coordinator at the San Francisco Opera Guild and was an English second language counselor at Wyoming Seminary Upper School. She graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Katie [Ballard] and Alaina [Schukraft] to our team,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “They will be integral to furthering our mission and to serving the more than 170,000 people currently living with Alzheimer's disease and their 473,000 caregivers in North Carolina.”

Additional Facts and Figures: (

•             Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

•             Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.

•             An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 14 million by year 2050.

•             More than 16 million family and friends, including 473,000 in North Carolina, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's or other dementias in the United States.

•             In 2018, friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s in North Carolina provided an estimated 538 million hours of unpaid care, a contribution valued at $6.8 billion.

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