It is this kind of experience, found in the crippling form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease, which organizers for the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s are hoping to one day end forever.
The walk, to raise money and awareness, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in Ridge Ferry Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee co-chair Matt Davis said the organization is looking for people to help with their $48,000 fundraising goal for this year’s walk.
“The main thing we need right now is teams to participate and help,” he said. “We want people to come out and honor and show support for those in their families living with Alzheimer’s or who have passed away. Together we can take a few steps closer to a world without Alzheimer’s.”
Davis has a point about moving forward on Alzheimer’s research. Currently, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States — the fifth for those aged 65 and older — and “the only one that can’t be prevented, cured or even slowed,” Davis said.
The disease is also prevalent. One in eight people older than 65 have the disease, and nearly half of people older than 85, according to statistics provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Considering how devastating the disease is to everyone, this year’s goal of $48,000 might be modest. But Davis said that every small amount of money that goes toward researching a cure helps.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the years of promoting the Alzheimer’s Association as a resource,” Davis said. “And we’ve been able to raise money and have a lot of success despite economic hardships hurting everyone.”