N.J.’s 1st non-profit Alzheimer’s awareness organization opens in Jersey City

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The Act Now Foundation, the first non-profit Alzheimer’s awareness organization in New Jersey, cut the ribbon at their Jersey City headquarters yesterday with the support of numerous Hudson County officials. 

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Inside their new headquarters on the second floor of 586 Newark Ave., guests could barely move during the ceremony the place was so jam packed with supporters.

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said that Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects us all, which is why the Act Now Foundation has the full support of the county.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop recalled when his grandfather had Alzheimer’s, making the cause one close to his heart.

State Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) said it’s great to know that Alzheimer’s patients finally have a place to go for help with the opening of the 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, who works in healthcare, said he was thrilled that Act Now choose Jersey City as the location of their headquarters.

Kristine Allen, the president and co-founder of Act Now with Cary Lopez, was overcome with emotion when addressing the crowd. She gave thanks to just about everyone in attendance, including the Hudson County Community Networking Association and Visiting Homemaker Services – who donated the space for Act Now.

Freeholders Tilo Rivas, Anthony Vainieri and Anthony Romano, who served as the master of ceremonies, as well as, Milagros Camacho – the Hudson County Visiting Homemaker Services Board of Directors President – also spoke at the event.

Others in attendance included Union City Commissioner Celine Valdiva, District 31 Assembly-elect Angela McKnight, outgoing District 33 Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (who has introduced legislation to help Alzheimer’s patients), Bayonne Councilman-at-Large Juan Perez.