Earl Warren Showgrounds
Saturday, November 7, 2015
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. This event is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide.
The first Memory Walk was held in 1989 with only NINE Alzheimer’s Association chapters participating. Twenty-six years later, 49,000 teams participated nationwide and raised more than $67 million.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common diseases affecting older people in the United States. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures:
Nearly half of adults aged 85 and over have Alzheimer’s disease.
Out of approximately 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, more than half may not know they have it.
In America, a new case of Alzheimer’s develops every 68 seconds; by 2050, the incidence will increase to every 33 seconds.
Over 15 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. (Family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients provide a whopping 80% of the care provided to patients at home.)
An estimated 800,000 Americans with Alzheimer’s are living alone.
Despite these alarming statistics, there continues to be a serious lack of funding for Alzheimer’s disease research in the United States. According to healthline.com, in 2010, Congress unanimously passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, with the goal of preventing or effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Additional funding, however, has fallen far short of the projected $2 billion annually needed over the next 10 years in order to meet the 2025 goal.
Your help is needed. Please consider joining the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.
“One does not have to do something huge to do something good. You simply have to do something good.” ~ Jenna Citron
On the Alley is a great place to stop for a casual meal after the AD Walk.