Volunteers needed for Alzheimer’s walk

Published 11:00 am Monday, August 13, 2018

KANNAPOLIS – The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter needs 75 volunteers to help in various functions at its annual Rowan Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at N.C. Research Campus located at 150 Research Campus Drive in Kannapolis.

Volunteers are needed anytime between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Event-day roles include: event set-up, registration, parking, walk route support, refreshment station, T-shirt station start and finish line cheerleaders and breakdown. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt.

“Our volunteers are the backbone of Walk to End Alzheimer’s and help make our event a safe and fun experience for all involved,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “There are individual and group volunteer opportunities so grab your friends, family and co-workers, and sign up today. We appreciate the support from the community in helping us make this year’s Walk a huge success.”

Those interested in volunteering can sign up at http://act.alz.org/kannapolis, or contact James Grindstaff at jgrindstaff@alz.org or 980-498-7740.

Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, 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.

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