Or­gan­iser ‘chuffed’ with Mem­ory Walk

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - KOREN ALLPRESS

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.’’

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/STUFF

Ruby West­garth, 5, of Ti­maru, holds a bal­loon dur­ing the Mem­ory Walk.

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