The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Metro Detroit-area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 30 at the Detroit Zoo.
The Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with plans to host the event in person, though the health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff remain the Association’s top priorities. While planning to gather in person, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue to offer options to participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s online and in neighborhoods across the country.
“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter President and CEO Jennifer Lepard. “We must continue the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working to ensure that all our participants have a powerful and moving experience.”
The Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s — which has raised more than $2.8 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, support and critical research over the last four years — brings together individuals and teams from across Metro Detroit. It will be hosted by longtime media personality Chuck Gaidica.
While the event doesn’t take place until Oct. 30, organizing is in full swing and the Alzheimer’s Association needs your help to have the largest impact.
“My passion for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is long-standing as I have seen two grandparents suffer from this horrible disease,” said Collin Mays, Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s chair, celebrated Michigan public service expert and community advocate. “We all know – or will know – someone who has dealt with this disease. It’s time to help provide more resources to fighting it. Participating in the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one great way to do that.”
Current sponsors of the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s include Arden Courts, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Ascension, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Cedarbrook Senior Living, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, Meijer, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, MSJ Packaging, Savills, The Senior Alliance and UHY.
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 463,000 caregivers.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: act.alz.org/detroit.
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.
Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900 for more information.