We’re Walking…Are You In Step With Us?
We are taking a walk…2.4 miles to be exact…that’s about 4500 steps. It’s not a marathon or sprint race and there is no major prize money and no resort trips. We are not doing it because our physicians told us to get more exercise and not because we want to fit better in our fall and winter clothes. A little more than two miles may seem insignificant, but for many people concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, those two miles could be the path to a cure.
At 9:30am, September 26th, at 3100 20th Street in Atlanta (Atlantic Station, Pinnacle Lot) Atlanta Senior Advocates along with hundreds of other supporters will put one foot in front of the other and participate in the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
This walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association and funds for its education programs, counseling, support groups, 24 hour Helpline and research to find a cure. Atlanta is one of 600 communities across the country to tie up its laces and ease on down the road to underscore the need for resources to combat Alzheimer’s, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Some ask why we are involved in this endeavor.
Of the 5.3 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s, 5.1 million are age 65 and older and of this number 3.2 million are women (that’s 2/3rds!) and 1.9 are men. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will increase each year as the population 65 years of age and older grows. In ten years, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is projected to be 7.1 million. This year alone, nearly 700,000 people age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s; it is the only disease among the top ten causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.
The disease also takes a devastating emotional and physical toll on caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of care giving as high or very high and 40% suffer from depression.
Alzheimer’s is one the costliest chronic diseases in the country. Nearly 20% of Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Need we say more? The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a national movement to reclaim the future for millions of people. The event offers a unique inspirational environment as friends and loved ones living with Alzheimer’s are recognized, honored and remembered. Donations may be made as a tribute or memorial donation, a general donation, a monthly donation, or you can donate to a walker; http://www.alz.org/join_the_
It may be one small step for us, but it can lead to a giant leap forward for millions.
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