Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms. Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia, outlines the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, symptoms, stages, risk factors and more.
Sue joined the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter as the chief executive officer in 2012, and became the Region 5 leader for the Association in January of 2017. Her Region includes Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.   For two years in a row before COVID, the Chapter hosted the largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in the country, raising $1.7 million and The Purple Gala in the Twin Cities raised a record 1.1 million in 2019. Click "Read More" for additional information.
Sue has also served on numerous Alzheimer's  Association-wide task forces, including a 2016 work group which focused on realigning the chapter reporting structure following the Alzheimer’s Association merger. She now serves on the task force to develop the next three year strategic plan for the Association.
Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Parriott served as the executive director of The ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter for eleven years.  Prior to her work with ALS, she was the executive director of the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji, Iowa, for several years. Parriott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Iowa State University and is a proud member of the Edina noon Rotary club!