Whole Foods names new regional president; Alzheimer’s alert system launches

Whole Foods names new PNW regional president

Whole Foods names new PNW regional president

Whole Foods Market has named Angela Lorenzen as regional president of the company’s Pacific Northwest region.

Lorenzen will oversee 22 stores in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, including two stores opening in Eugene, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia in September and November, respectively.

“I’m thrilled to lead our team in the Pacific Northwest region,” said Lorenzen. “This community cares deeply about natural and organic food and the story behind what’s on their plate. I’m focused on empowering our team members to meet the needs of this unique community and providing shoppers with the great experience they expect from Whole Foods Market.”

Previously, Lorenzen served Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region in various leadership roles including vice president and executive coordinator of operations.

She’s worked in five of the company’s California stores, including the Noe Valley store where she led the store’s opening.

“Angela is a results-driven leader with vast operational experience that has made her an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market,” said David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to see her take on this role and continue to grow our business in the Pacific Northwest region.”

Alert system for seniors with Alzheimer’s launches in Puget Sound

To help families keep their loved ones safe, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior NetworkSM, now available in Bellevue and Seattle.

Found at www.missingseniornetwork.com, the platform enables family caregivers to alert a network of friends, family and businesses to be on the lookout for a missing senior.

The service provides a way to alert the network of a missing senior via text or email.

Families can also choose to post an alert to the Home Instead Remember for Alzheimer’s Facebook page, connected to 270,000 followers.

“These frightening occurrences lead families to call our office and ask for help,” said Kristi Larson, franchise owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Seattle-Tacoma. “This resource was created to help Seattle area families understand the risk of wandering and have a tool that empowers them to quickly take action if a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia wanders.”

The Missing Senior Network is part of Home Instead Senior Care network’s new Prevent WanderingSM program, which includes resources such as insight into what may trigger wandering events, steps families can take to help keep their loved ones safe, and tips on what to do if a wandering event occurs.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, anyone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is at risk of wandering.

“Wandering can happen at any time, and not just on foot ─ someone in a car or even a wheelchair could wander,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early Stage Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association. “A person may want to go back to a former job he or she had, even though that job may no longer exist. Or, someone may have a personal need that must be met. There’s always a purpose and intent. It’s just a matter of identifying the triggers.”

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