Date(s) & Time(s)::
October 3, 2015
Location: Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Allen and surrounding county residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Fort Wayne Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Parkview Field, located at 1301 Ewing St. in Fort Wayne.
Registration at 12:00pm
Ceremony at 1:00pm
Walk at 1:30pm
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. As the second-largest walk in Indiana, it is an experience for more than 1,200 local participants who will learn about dementia and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
“The need to fight against Alzheimer’s disease is greater than ever,” said Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter Executive Director Heather Hershberger, “and by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Hoosier communities raise funds to provide care and support services to the more than 110,000 Indiana residents living with Alzheimer’s and 332,000 caregivers. The support also contributes to advancing research that could help find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Prior to walking the 1- or 3-mile routes, participants will enjoy a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing dementia.
“The Alzheimer’s Association doesn’t just provide support to those with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jim Tamalunas, Fort Wayne resident and caregiver for his wife, Marlene. “They provide groups for those with other forms of dementia, too, and always offer more services and information should we ever need it.” Jim’s wife, Marlene, will be speaking about her experience with aphasia during the event’s opening ceremony.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.
“The Alzheimer’s Association has been a big help for my wife and I in providing support groups and information in such a difficult time,” said Jim. “While no situation is the same, it helps that [at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s] we’re able to come together and provide support for each other, as spouses or caregivers.”
To start or join a team today, visit alz.org/Indiana/walk. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
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