Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Right now, there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S.. Every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to collaborating with others across the globe to eliminate the disease.
This is the goal of this month’s spotlight, the Alzheimer’s Association. Their vision and mission is “to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 and
has since become a national, independent, nonprofit organization that reaches across the globe to make a difference. They provide support groups, educational workshops, and online communities that provide help and support to caregivers and families. The Alzheimer’s Association also provides opportunities for individuals to participate in clinical studies, and a website that describes current research being done locally, nationally and globally.
One of the most popular fundraisers is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In 2015, more than 600 walks took place across the US and more than $75 million was raised for research in finding the cure.
There are several walks scheduled to happen through the next couple of months. For those who are local, we have walks scheduled for:
Logan, UT 9/10
Salt Lake City, UT 9/17
Ogden, UT 9/24
Layton, UT 10/8
Provo, UT 10/15
Anyone wanting to walk can click here to find the closest walk to them and sign up for a walk! The walk itself is only 2-3 miles (depending on location) and is for all ages. Anyone who raises $100 will get a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt, showing their support for the cure and standing in unity with Alzheimer’s Association.
For more information visit alz.org. Thank you Alzheimer’s Association for your dedication to saving and improving lives across the country!