SKOKIE, Ill.The Alzheimers Associations annual Memory Walks for Alzheimers disease will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, in Chicago, Joliet and Rockford to raise funds for programming and support for Illinoisans with Alzheimers disease, their families and caregivers.
The local Memory Walk Sept. 16 will be at Klehm Arboretum in Rockford. Events begin at 8 a.m. with the walks stepping off at 10 a.m.
Memory Walks call attention to the far-reaching and long-lasting impact of Alzheimers, emphasize the value of information and support that is available 24 hours a day, and are a destination for thousands of people who walk in honor or memory of someone who had or has Alzheimers, said Lisa Lee, director of development for the Alzheimers AssociationGreater Illinois Chapter.
Alzheimers hits very close to home for many of us, with one in every three Americans knowing someone with the disease and more than half a million Illinoisans directly affected, including 210,000 people with Alzheimers, plus their family members and caregivers, Lee said. In addition, people live with this disease anywhere from three to 20 years, and most people with Alzheimers are cared for at home by family members and friends.
Lee added: Memory Walk also is a rallying point for us to thank participants for the funds they raise for Alzheimers Association programs, services and support for people with Alzheimers, family members and caregivers.
To register, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org/memorywalk or call 484-1300.
The Greater Illinois Chapters Memory Walk goals are more than 8,000 walkers for the eight Memory Walks this fall and more than $1 million in donations from individuals and teams participating in the event.
Alzheimers (AHLZ-high-merz) is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells and gradually destroys a persons memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. The duration of Alzheimers ranges from three to 20 years after symptoms are experienced. Nationally, more than 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimers disease.
For more information about the Alzheimers AssociationGreater Illinois Chapter, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org or call the chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue