Alzheimer’s Disease has become more familiar to Americans in recent years, perhaps due to news of well-known Americans who have been affected by the disease. Alzheimer’s victims include Ronald Reagan, Rita Hayworth and Charlton Heston. Recently, singer Glen Campbell was diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is a condition that gradually worsens. It generally affects those over the age of 65, but can also occur in younger adults. Memory loss is just part of Alzheimer’s. This disease of the brain eventually affects bodily functions and leads to death.
The St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is holding its 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, August 31, 8:00 a.m., starting at Busch Stadium. Hope Hospice will be a sponsor and an active participant in the Walk. Many of our staff and volunteers will be walking. Some will be greeting walkers at our Memory Wall.
You are invited to take a moment and sign the wall and write a short note about a person in whose memory you may be walking. Look for our Memory Wall at 18th and Olive in St. Louis.
Alzheimer’s research continues with the goal of finding more ways to treat the disease. Of course, the ultimate goal of this research is to discover a cure.
The Alzheimer’s Association helps fund research. The group also provides information about Alzheimer’s for patients, families and medical personnel. Our team at Hope Hospice has benefitted from knowledge the group freely shares.
We encourage you to Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday. Click HERE to sign up. You can start a team, join a team or walk as an individual. If you are unable to walk on Saturday, you can walk virtually. There is no fee to register for the walk but this is a fundraising event and your contribution will be appreciated.
See you there this weekend!