On September 24th you are invited to join this walk for a great cause.
The Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk is held annually, being the largest event of the type. Participants are raising funds and awareness for research and support on Alzheimer’s care. The Association expects thousands of people to attend the event, hoping to make it as successful as it was before. The event was first held in 1989 and ever since then it managed to gather the support of a lot of Americans and nations worldwide.
The main goal set for the Annual Alzheimer Awareness Walk is to raise money for the families and people affected by the disease, but also for the research towards finding a cure against this terrible illness. According to recent studies conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with the disease. In America, one of three seniors dies annually due to Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk Schedule
The Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk is held annually in more than 600 communities around the world and raises important amounts of money. Registration starts at 9 a.m. for the walk which will start at 10 a.m and span 2,5 miles. People attending will also enjoy some family entertainment. Also, at the end of the event, there will be a special tribute to the victims of Alzheimer’s around the world.
The remembering ceremony, named “The Promise Garden Ceremony” is an act where people and participants raise flowers representing the remembering of those who passed away because of Alzheimer’s, but also as a promise to fight against the disease and to care and protect those who live and fight with it.
The Alzheimer’s disease is one of the worlds most growing epidemics, being the sixth-leading cause of death around the world. It is estimated that by 2050, 16 million people will have the illness.
Alzheimer’s usually starts to manifest itself in old age. Patients who are genetically predisposed to the condition start behaving erratically, forgetting details about their daily routine like where they left their keys.
Apart from memory loss, affected individuals also experience a change in their emotions, some patients reacting violently without being provoked, while others adopt a more serene attitude to life.
Do you have a family member that is struggling with the disorder? Will you participate at the Alzheimer’s Awareness Month?
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