Alzheimer’s walk planned for City Park

PARKERSBURG – The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at City Park.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the largest fundraising and awareness event held by the organization. Thousands of walks are held across the country, 10 in West Virginia,.

Planners are taking registrations for the 2013 walk and the local walk committee set a goal of $48,000 for the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Participants are encouraged to raise $100 in contributions to earn a commemorative Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.

Teams registered have participated in Team Week 2013 activities to enhance recruitment, increase fundraising activities, build team collaboration and earn prizes.

Two teams were recognized at the conclusion of Team Week, the Marietta Center led by Pam Parsons, which recruited the most new members, and team Sigma Kappa, led by Alexandra Jurgens, which raised the most additional funds and team members Charlee Ottersberg and Cari Koeslch tied in the category of most money raised by an individual.

Teams and individuals can register online at www.alz.org/wv or by calling 800-272-3900. Event day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

“As part of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s activities, we are excited to announce the addition of a ‘Living With Alzheimer’s’ tent,” said Executive Director Laurel Kirksey. “The tent will be available for people with the disease, their caretakers and family members to take advantage of a designated space where they can remain involved with the walk even if they would like a break from the morning’s activities.”

Every 68 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will continue to escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

Whether participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is personal, professional, or a mix of both, the reason to walk is the same to give hope to people living with the disease, their caregivers, and loved ones. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and debilitating, but the end of Alzheimer’s starts now.

The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. The chapter serves all 55 counties in West Virginia and six counties in eastern Ohio.