If you don’t already know someone with Alzheimer’s – chances are pretty good that you will. The numbers change depending on who you ask, but right now the National Institute on Aging estimates that approximately 4 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s. The disease, more commonly known as dementia, is becoming one of our nation’s most costly medical and social problems. So let’s help do something about it, and let’s get out our walking shoes. The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its annual Greater Baltimore Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday, October 29 (rain or shine) at Oregon Ridge Park (13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville).
Registration starts at 8 a.m.Participants are encouraged to come to in costume because the event is occurring close to Halloween. Adding to the fun will be Halloween candy and light refreshments, music and entertainment for the whole family.
Walking teams will have their photos taken, and those who raise $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. What’s more, participants will receive pinwheel flowers that they can decorate with the names of loved ones and take home with them.
An opening ceremony will focus on the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the announcement of the top three fundraising teams and top three fundraising individuals.
At 9 a.m., Youth Ambassador Jessica Hill (16) of Lutherville, MD will kick off the walk. Since 2005, Miss Hill has been assisting with the care of her grandmother who has vascular dementia. Hill also works as a dining room server at Brigthwood, where she interacts with many residents who have various forms and stages of dementia.
Walkers can opt for a paved route that measures less than one mile within the park, and a two-mile unpaved route around the park.
Participants are encouraged to register early, as teams (four+ members) or individually. Registration is free and available online at www.alz.org/maryland.
To register by phone, call 410-561-9099or 1-800-272-3900.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Since its inception in 1989, Americans who have participated in the Walk have raised more than $265 million.
This October, the Alzheimer’s Association will have held a total ofsix Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in Maryland. Last year’s events in Maryland drew over 4,000 walkers and raised over $636,000.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
For more information, visit the Maryland Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association Here.
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(source: Lawrence Howard & Assoc.)