The Alzheimer’s Association invites the Anne Arundel community to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions living with the disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Sunday, Oct. 25, (rain or shine) at Susan Campbell Park (1 Dock St.) in downtown Annapolis.
With over 1,000 people expected, the Walk offers an opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy and clinical studies enrollment, to support programs and services.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., when participants can drop off donations, pick up t-shirts, take team photos, decorate posters and Promise Garden flowers and enjoy live music by local band, The Norwood Project.
Following a ceremony focusing on the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and honoring those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the 2-mile walk will commence at noon. Everyone is encouraged to stay after for fun activities for the family, including the Kids’ Corner, and food provided by Giant Food and Panera.
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 will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.
“Fifteen years ago when my mother developed Alzheimer’s, my father was solely taking care of her in every way,” said George Grose, an Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter board member. “I’ve known at least three people who developed early-onset Alzheimer’s and I am very concerned about the number of people who don’t receive the help they need. That is why I walk to end Alzheimer’s.”
Walk participants can register as individuals or teams by visiting alz.org/walk. Registration is free and those who raise at least $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. To learn more about the disease and available resources, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
The Greater Maryland Chapter will host a total of six regional Walks, made possible by statewide Platinum-level sponsor Genesis Healthcare, as well as local sponsors Sturbridge Homes and Sympcomp. Last year’s events in Maryland drew more than 5,100 walkers and raised over $921,000.