Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Dixon, Ill., Sept. 28

Staff Report

DIXON, Ill. — Now is the time for individuals and teams to register for the 19th Annual Rock River Walk to End Alzheimer’s, to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Lowell Park, Dixon, Ill.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, and it is a fantastic opportunity to support the association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s,” said Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriquez, executive director with the Central Illinois Chapter. “Attendees at our walks report feeling a sense of fellowship with others who have experienced the tragedy of Alzheimer’s. Walkers can get information about the association’s programs and services, research and clinical trial enrollment, and advocacy opportunities. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

Last year, more than 200 walkers raised nearly $40,000 in the Rock River area. Top walkers included Harold Burkhalter, Helen Fellows and Patti Kieffer. Top teams included Team Louie, Burky Bunch and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

All participants who raise $100 or more will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt and additional prizes; individuals who raise $500 or more will become members of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club. Individuals can start or join a team at http://www.alz.org/illinoiscentral/in_my_community_walk.asp or by calling Chapter Assistant Tina Barnhart at (815) 285-1100 or 800-272-3900.

Funds raised will provide care and support services to Lee, Whiteside and Ogle County residents living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research. Area services include include a 24-hour telephone hotline, information and referral, care consultations, educational programs, safety services information, clinical trial opportunities and advocacy activities. In addition, a monthly support group is held in Sterling.

Upcoming programs include “Know the Ten Signs” from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Rock River Office, 93 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, Ill.; and “Reconnect: Interacting with Dementia,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, also at the Rock River Office.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

Posted Sept. 25, 2013

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