The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter is inviting Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, and Mecklenburg County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in September and October across the region. Check-in opens at 9:00AM and the Walks start at 10:30AM.
Walk Details by City:
Charlotte – Saturday, October 28 at BB&T Ballpark
Gastonia – Saturday, September 9 at Rotary Centennial Pavilion
Hickory – Saturday, October 28 at LP Frans Stadium
Kannapolis – Saturday, September 16 at NC Research Campus
Troutman – Saturday, October 14 at ESC Park
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® participants will complete a one to two mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
“More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S.,” said Katherine Lambert, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter. “Our Walks are a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to take steps for Alzheimer’s disease and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”
The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter hosts fourteen walks across central and western North Carolina during the months of September and October. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’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, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
About the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter:
The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in the 49 central and western North Carolina counties that serves over 160,000 people currently living with Alzheimer’s disease in these counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.