Walk to End Alzheimer’s Returns Oct. 16
Jim Wilgus from the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting at the monthly Senior Action Network meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8 a.m. Wilgus is the Regional Leader for the Pacific Northwest and Executive Director for the Washington State Chapter. He will be sharing information about the South Sound Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, as a Walk team captain, a participant or as a volunteer. If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact one of the SAN board members listed at www.sanolympia.org.
The South Sound Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 at Heritage Park in Olympia. It is one of 600 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events held annually across the country to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Proceeds go toward Alzheimer’s research, as well as care and support programs for local families impacted by the disease.
Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and the well-loved Opening & Promise Garden Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. During the half-hour program, participants raise colorful pinwheel flowers — often personalized with hand-written messages honoring their loved ones — each representing the person’s reason for being there. People then carry the flowers during the two-mile walk around Capitol Lake, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a family and pet-friendly event, and the walk route is fully accessible. Registration is free and anyone who donates or raises $100 or more will receive a 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt in the mail. To learn more or to start a team, please visit www.alzwa.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.
While plans are moving forward to host the event in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.
In Washington State, there are more than 120,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and another 295,000 unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one with dementia. Prior to the pandemic, Alzheimer’s was the sixth leading cause of death nationally, and the third leading cause of death in Washington State.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an opportunity for people to get involved and take action against this devastating disease. We hope you will join us!
To join the ZOOM meeting, register for the meeting on our website and the ZOOM link will be emailed to you prior to the call. Register Here to obtain the Zoom Link.