‘Walk To End Alzheimer’s’ slated

Staff report

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting northwest Ohio residents to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association (Black Swamp) Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sauder Village in Archbold.

Participants will complete a two-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the Promise Garden ceremony.

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a family-friendly event that unites the entire community,” said Lori Mike, development director for the northwest Ohio chapter. “People come to the walk to support each other, learn about services available to them, honor loved ones, and celebrate hope. We are creating a movement to increase awareness about the disease and educate and raise funds to assist families who need support and guidance.”

In addition to the walk, participants can enjoy games, entertainment, crafts, music, a kids’ zone, and food. Walk participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy a day of activities and music during the annual Barbershop Sing at Sauder Village. The internationally recognized Alliance Chorus will be performing at 1 p.m. in Founder’s Hall.

Mike said more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Ohio alone, there are more than 220,000 people living with the disease and 600,000 caregivers.

Register to walk as an individual, join a team or become a team captain at alz.org/walk. For more information, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.

Staff report