Walk To Support Alzheimer's Awareness & Research

By Ruby Cemental

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is held every year in more than 600 communities across the United States, making it the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for care, support and research for Alzheimer’s disease. It is open to participants of all ages and abilities. Learn more about Alzheimer's and how you can support it by participating in a walk.

 Facts About Alzheimer’s 

  • Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

  • Almost 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

  • Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.

  • There are more than 15.9 million caregivers for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the U.S. 

How You Can Help by Walking

First, you can find a walk near you. Next, you can register as an individual, team member, or team captain. Then, follow the directions and suggestions to start your personal fundraising and create awareness.

 When you participate, your fundraising dollars go directly to fuel the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Provides care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s.

  • Drives research toward treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

  • Speaks up for the needs and rights of people affected by Alzheimer’s. 

Ways to Maximize Your Efforts 

  • Tell your story! Update your personal fundraising web page and let the world know why it’s important to you to participate. Also, encourage others to walk for this cause.

  • Send emails from your Participant Center (they’re already written for you) and ask for support from family, friends, and co-workers. A personal request is very effective.

  • Include a link to your fundraising page on your Facebook status and reach an even bigger audience.

  • Download their app to your cell phone to send emails and check your fundraising progress.

You might even raise enough funds to qualify for a place in the Champions Club ($500 or more) or the Grand Champions Club ($1000 or more). In addition to the great satisfaction of supporting the Alzheimer’s Association in a very tangible way, you will be awarded a t-shirt, a commemorative medal, a fundraising badge on your personal Walk Web page, and a Thank-you certificate.

For more information about helping to care for a loved one affected by Alzheimer's or dementia, check our our Family Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's & Dementia.

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