Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s walk set for Nov. 2 at Meyer Am­phithe­atre

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The Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion in­vites res­i­dents of Palm Beach to unite in amove­ment to re­claim the fu­ture for mil­lions, by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Meyer Am­phithe­atre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Reg­is­tra­tion for the walk be­gins at 7:30 a.m.

The “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is more than a walk. For the nearly 3,000 ex­pected par­tic­i­pants, it will be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The walk is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with this cause, through ad­vo­cacy op­por­tu­ni­ties, gain in­for­ma­tion about Alzheimer’s re­search and trial en­roll­ment, and how to sup­port var­i­ous pro­grams and ser­vices. Each walker will also join in a mean­ing­ful cer­e­mony to honor those af­fected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a grow­ing epi­demic, and is now the na­tion’s sixth-lead­ing cause of death. As baby boomers age, the num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly es­ca­late, in­creas­ing be­yond to­day’s more than five mil­lion Amer­i­cans liv­ing with Alzheimer’s.

“There has never been a greater need for the cit­i­zens of Palm Beach to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by par­tic­i­pat­ing in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Ellen Brown, CEO of the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, South­east Florida Chap­ter. “Funds raised will pro­vide care and sup­port ser­vices to the 450,000 res­i­dents of Florida liv­ing with Alzheimer’s, while also con­tribut­ing to ad­vanc­ing crit­i­cally-needed re­search.”

Some spon­sors in­clude: Med­eri Care­tenders (Sap­phire); MCCI Med­i­cal Group, Ac­ces­si­ble Home Health (Amethyst); Al­le­gro Se­nior Liv­ing, Brain Mat­ters Re­search (Gold); La Posada Kisco, First Choice Home Health, Vis­tas (Sil­ver); Florida Power& Light Co., Bright­Star of Jupiter, Five Star Se­nior Liv­ing, Granny Nan­nies and Hu­mana.

In ad­di­tion to the 5K walk, par­tic­i­pants can take part in fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic and more. To start, or to join a team, visit www.alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.

The Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the na­tion’s largest event to raise aware­ness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, sup­port and re­search. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion has mo­bi­lized mil­lions of Amer­i­cans in the “Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion Me­moryWalk;” now the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion is con­tin­u­ing to lead the way with “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

The Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion is the world’s lead­ing vol­un­tary health or­ga­ni­za­tion in Alzheimer care, sup­port and re­search. Its mis­sion is to elim­i­nate Alzheimer’s disease through the ad­vance­ment of re­search; to pro­vide and en­hance care and sup­port for all af­fected; and to re­duce the risk of de­men­tia through the pro­mo­tion of brain health.

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