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November 2015

UnitedHealthcare Supports Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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Don Langer, president & CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, poses with UHC mascot and volunteers at Houston’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, when families and friends gather to celebrate old traditions and create new memories to treasure in the future.

November also marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, raising awareness of an incurable disease that destroys those holiday memories for millions of people. The loving friends and family members who care for those with Alzheimer’s are also recognized in November via National Family Caregivers Month.

For families affected by Alzheimer’s, the holiday season can be especially challenging. The hectic pace, family gatherings and additional activities can heighten confusion and memory loss for Alzheimer’s patients, even as caregivers and loved ones strive to maintain beloved traditions and a sense of normalcy. The holidays may even be the first time that caregivers and loved ones notice changes that could point to Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of helpful tips to reduce the stress of the holidays, both for the person with Alzheimer’s and his or her caregiver. Among the suggestions:

  • Keep up with everyday tasks
  • Stay engaged with family and friends
  • Stimulate their senses
  • Jog their memories

And of course, don’t forget about thoughtful gifts for the caregivers to ease their stress!

The Alzheimer’s Association provides many valuable resources to assist the 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s and the 15 million people who care for them, even as the non-profit organization works aggressively to fund and find a cure.

UnitedHealthcare is proud to be the Texas sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraising event, Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Throughout the months of September, October and November, UnitedHealthcare supported 41 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events across the state, with hundreds of UnitedHealthcare employees volunteering in their local communities to reinforce UnitedHealthcare’s $100,000 contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association. Don Langer, president & CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, served as chairman of the 2015 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

UnitedHealthcare booth at Walk To End Alzheimer’s Houston Walk
UnitedHealthcare booth at Walk To End Alzheimer’s Houston Walk

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an important part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to support research for a disease for which there is no known cure or treatment,” explains Langer.

Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death and is the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In addition to the personal toll the disease takes on millions of families, it’s also costly on finances. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $226 billion in 2015 alone. Those costs are projected to rise to as high as $1.1 trillion by 2050.

Additional sources: www.UHC.com, www.alz.org

UnitedHealthcare, Texans’ Vince Wilfork and Dreambuilders Foundation to Renovate Playground, Provide Meals to Houston Students

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Announcement of grants for Looscan Elementary’s playground renovation.

Surprising 140 elementary students with plans for a bigger, better playground is as fun as it sounds.

UnitedHealthcare recently joined Houston Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork to announce a playground renovation at Looscan Elementary in Houston.

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Vince Wilfork poses for a picture with Looscan Elementary students.

The renovation, which includes new playground equipment, picnic areas and a walking trail for the school’s SPARK Park, is possible due to more than $30,000 in grants from UnitedHealthcare, Vince Wilfork Foundation and the Dreambuilders Foundation.

After announcing the exciting news, the students participated in relay races and drills with a tackling dummy. The event concluded with a barbecue lunch.

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UnitedHealthcare volunteers serve lunch to students.
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Wilfork challenges students in relay races.

In addition to the playground renovation, UHC is partnering with Wilfork and Blessings in a Backpack, a national nonprofit organization providing nutritious food to elementary students. As part of the program, 100 students at both Looscan Elementary and Foerster Elementary schools are presented backpacks filled with healthy weekend snacks, providing 60 percent of the children’s caloric intake over the weekend.

UHC is proud to partner with Vince Wilfork, Dreambuilders Foundation and Blessings in a Backpack to enrich the lives of Houston-area students.

UnitedHealthcare and the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club Revamp Boys & Girls Club for More Play Time

Dallas Cowboys Damien Wilson, left, Lucky Whitehead and children test new equipment in the NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone.
Dallas Cowboys Damien Wilson, left, Lucky Whitehead and children test new equipment in the NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone.

UnitedHealthcare recognizes how important playtime is for kids. As children, we can develop habits that lay the groundwork for an active adult lifestyle.

UHC of Texas and the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club recently equipped the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club in Garland with a Dallas Cowboys NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone. The NFL PLAY 60 initiative, a partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and National Football League, is designed to tackle childhood obesity by inspiring kids to play well, eat healthier foods and be more active.

UHC volunteers painted the interior and exterior play areas and, along with the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club, installed traditional fitness equipment and interactive gaming systems designed to motivate younger generations to move.

The Dallas Cowboys also donated $25,000 to the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club for a new, high-quality Sport Court® gym floor.

Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club players present the $25,000 donation for a new Sport Court® gym floor to kids from the Boys & Girls Club.
Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club players present the $25,000 donation for a new Sport Court® gym floor to kids from the Boys & Girls Club.

The event concluded with a ribbon cutting and celebration attended by Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club players, UHC executives, civic leaders, Salvation Army representatives and children who will enjoy the new space.

This NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone, underwritten by the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and UHC, is the ninth Fitness Zone facilitated by the Dallas Cowboys in North Texas.

 

Dallas Cowboys assemble tables for the new NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone.
Dallas Cowboys assemble tables for the new NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Zone.
Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and UHC volunteers take a break from painting.
Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and UHC volunteers take a break from painting.
UHC volunteers paint interactive play areas on courts.
UHC volunteers paint interactive play areas on courts.

 

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