Isakson Family Recognized by Atlanta Neuroscience Foundation

Staff Report

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Isakson Living’s founder Andy Isakson accepted the Atlanta Neuroscience Foundation (ANF) Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Isakson family for their spirit of service and giving and for their impact on the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Isakson, the developer and operator of the Southeast’s premier life plan communities was also a presenter at the inaugural World Neuroscience Day conference in Atlanta on May 6.

World Neuroscience Day is an awareness campaign and conference created by ANF, an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3). To inspire the community and people touched by neurological diseases like MS, Parkinson's, Epilepsy, and Alzheimer's, ANF's one-day conference highlighted the need to maximize the advancement of treatment and diagnosis and to improve outcomes through education and service that improve quality of life for people living with neurological diseases.

The Isakson’s are generations of dedicated Georgians raising awareness and funding for research related to neurocognitive diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and related dementia. The Isakson Initiative, established by Andy Isakson’s brother, former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, following his retirement due to Parkinson’s, is the continuation of the Isakson family’s lifelong commitment to service and dedication, notably as champions for advancements in biomedical research and development.

“We are humbled to be recognized by the Atlanta Neuroscience Foundation and honored to be working together with everyone in this room to find a cure for neurological disorders and until we do, improving the quality of life for those living with neurological disorders,” stated Andy Isakson, founder and managing partner of Isakson Living, which developed and operates Park Springs Life Plan Community and Peachtree Hills Place. “At Isakson Living we are not doctors or scientist and we will not be the one finding the cure for these disorders, but we do support finding a cure. Until we do, our focus is to facilitate better disease management and to improve the quality of life for those living with these disorders,”

Isakson Living is at the forefront of care for those with neurological diseases support programs that are evidence-based that can prove beneficial to slowing the progression of a disease or addressing the symptoms. This includes programs such as the River Program for those living with mild cognitive impairment and boxing program for people with Parkinson’s or other movement challenges, which is provided in partnership with the Center for Movement Challenges. Additionally, Isakson Living has a strong relationship with organizations like American Parkinson Disease Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and has been recognized as a leader in the industry.