Alzheimer's Memory Walk for Charity

Alzheimer's or Alzheimer's disease is a major public health challenge. Approximately 24 million people over the age of 65 worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s. The first readily identified symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are usually short-term memory loss and visual-spatial confusion, then progress to more pervasive loss of memory, then to loss of other familiar and well-known skills as well as recognition of objects and persons, deterioration of musculature and mobility, leading to bed fastness, inability to feed oneself, and incontinence.

Actually I am surrounded here with people of over 65 years of age, and thank God they are still as healthy. But how about of those millions of others who are suffering from that elderly disease? In the United States of America, AD was the 7th leading cause of death in 2004, with 65,829 number of deaths (and rising). But it is great to know that there are foundations that raise awareness over them and help raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, and we can be part of them.

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on now for volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's. They need team captains now to sign up early to recruit a team and raise funds for the cause. There are walks in hundreds of communities. A typical Memory Walk is a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall.

Memory Walk
Starting a team is easy. Invite three people, and they'll invite three people - and before you know it, you'll have a team. Teams are the heart of Memory Walk - people working together to support the millions affected by Alzheimer's. Team up to have fun, make new friends and support a great cause. Ask for donations from co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members. Many people are happy to help when they know you're fundraising for a good cause. By teaming up with the Alzheimer's Association, you can walk with a purpose – and move us closer to a world without Alzheimer's.

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