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The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents from Berks County, Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Kutztown University is the site of the annual Walk event on Saturday, Oct. 6.
“Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 294,000 residents and family members of the Delaware Valley region affected by Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research,” said Kellie Butsack, Associate Director of Programs for the Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter. “Eighty-five cents of every donated dollar directly supports programs, services and research efforts.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is a moving experience for more than 600 participants who converge on Kutztown to 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.
New this year, caregivers can bring their loved ones who have a diagnosis to the 2012 Kutztown Walk to End Alzheimer’s and keep them safe at the Phoebe Ministries Family Tent respite area. Call 800-272-3900 for details and to register for respite care on walk day.
Also being featured this year is a unique Memories in the Making (MIM) art exhibit along Main Street through the borough. Walkers can view a detailed exhibit at the New Arts Program (NAP) Gallery at 173 West Main St., as well as see additional pieces on display in the storefront windows of the several Main St. businesses, now through October 6th. All participating locations will be marked with purple balloons on Walk day. Memories in the Making™ is a fine arts program for people with Alzheimer’s. As part of the program, patients create art and regain the ability to communicate while boosting self-esteem and opening the channels of communication with loved ones. The creative process of making the art allows the individual to express feelings and emotions trapped inside and the ensuing sense of accomplishment brings renewed joy and self-respect to the person.
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 3k walk route, participants will enjoy food, fun activities, entertainment, and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk, or 800-272-3900.
About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
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 has 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, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our 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.