Avonlea Cottage of Sterling supports Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Staff Report

Avonlea Cottage of Sterling, Ill., was one of 35 registered teams that participated in the Rock River Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Lowell Park in Dixon, Ill., Sept. 28.

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

Margarita Cornejo, administrator of Avonlea Cottage, an assisted living facility in Sterling, sees the growing need for a cure for this devastating, costly heart-breaking disease.

Cornejo and her staff, the Avonlea Advocates, raised $1,500 to help support the Rock River Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association, which serves Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. In response to the need for continuum of care of our aging population, Avonlea is designing a Memory Care Unit within their current structure that will house six dementia residents in a private, secure setting.

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’s a fantastic opportunity to support the association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s,” said Nancy Sweitzer, program director with the association. “We are grateful for the Avonlea Advocates and all the other individuals and teams that are supporting us.”

The Alzheimer’s Association — Central Illinois Chapter will be accepting donations for the 2013 walk through Nov. 30. Call 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/illinoiscentral for more details.

From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue

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