CHAUTAUQUA - The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Chautauqua 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.
One of the five Western New York Walks will be held at the Chautauqua Institution on Saturday, Sept. 15. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The local walks are presented by Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, ElderWood Senior Care, Praxair, Tim Hortons and West Herr.
Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. It is an experience for the 350 participants in Western New York who will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Pictured are Karen Lucks and Elizabeth Galeazzo, co-chairs for the event; Lesley Kennedy from the Alzheimer’s Association; and Nanette Higgins committee member.
Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and is now 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 estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. In addition to the 2-mile walk, participants will enjoy the family-friendly event that will include music, entertainment, raffles, food and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk.
"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Chautauqua County to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer's," executive director of the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association Leilani Pelletier said. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 55,000 residents of Chautauqua County and Western New York living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research."
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, Alzheimer's can be ended - the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. 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.