Annual Alzheimer’s walk Saturday
Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 10, 2011
KANNAPOLIS ó Events this week will raise awareness about Alzheimerís disease and money for research.
The biggest is the Alzheimerís Associationís annual Walk to End Alzheimerís, which takes place Saturday at the N.C. Research Campus on North Main Street. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Home Instead Senior Care will also host the movie ěLovely Stillî on Wednesday at the Gem Theatre on West 1st Street in Kannapolis. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Margaret Moody with the Alzheimerís Association will make a presentation.
Tickets for the movie cost $5 in advance and $6 at the door, with proceeds benefitting Alzheimerís research. For advance tickets, contact Home Instead at 704-788-3399.
Participants in the walk on Saturday will learn about Alzheimerís disease and about advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimerís research and clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimerís disease.
Alzheimerís is a growing epidemic and is now the nationís sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of people living with Alzheimerís disease will escalate, increasing well beyond todayís estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimerís. In addition to the 1- to 3-mile walk, participants will enjoy music and other entertainment.
Anyone who wants to start or join a team can log on to www.alz.org/walk
ěThere has never been a greater need for the citizens of Rowan-Cabarrus County to join in the fight against Alzheimerís disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimerís,î said Lori Walker, executive director of the Alzheimerís Associationís Western Carolina Chapter.
ěFunds raised will provide care and support services to the 170,000 residents of North Carolina living with Alzheimerís, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research,î Walker said.