Organiser ‘chuffed’ with Memory Walk
Hundreds people gathered at the Timaru Botanic Gardens on Saturday to take part in a walk to remember.
South Canterbury Alzheimers organised the annual Memory Walk event to raise awareness of the illness. Timaru woman Angela Climo said she attended the walk because her father suffered from dementia and Alzheimers.
He died about 15 months ago, aged 71, Climo said. It was important to her that she, her husband and step-grand children attend the walk to help raise awareness.
Climo said Alzheimers South Canterbury not only supported the patients, but the family as well. ‘‘We were supported by Barbara and her team, the team at Talbot were also good to us,’’ she said.
‘‘I look back now, I realise I was under so much stress, they helped tremendously.’’
Initially, her father was placed in care in Christchurch after he could no longer live in his house, but was brought back to Timaru after 12 weeks, she said.
When family members were visiting a rest home frequently, they got to know other families going through the same thing, and supported each other, she said.
It was nice to see some of those people at the walk as well, she said. Climo said she would continue to support the organisation as the incidence of Alzheimers and dementia was increasing as the size of an aging population was also increasing.
‘‘It’s becoming more common for people,’’ she said. Alzheimers South Canterbury office manager and Memory Walk event organiser Barbara Flemming was ‘‘thrilled’’ with the number of people that took part in Saturday’s event.
‘‘I was really chuffed with the turn out,’’ Flemming said. ‘‘And the fact that we had a beautiful day.’’
She believed a couple of hundred people attended, which was not as many had taken part in previous years.
‘‘But there’s been lots of things on this weekend,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m just glad the people came and made it memorable.’’
Ruby Westgarth, 5, of Timaru, holds a balloon during the Memory Walk.