Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. However, Alzheimer’s is unique in that unlike the other leading causes of death, there is currently no way to prevent or cure it. Every 66 seconds someone in our country will develop Alzheimer’s disease, and as of 2016 is has cost the nation $236 billion. That cost is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by the year 2050.
In 1989, the Memory Walk began with nine Alzheimer’s Association chapters raising almost $150,000 from over 1,200 participants. By 1993, the Memory Walk had grown into a nationwide event that raised $4.5 million from 167 locations. Last year in 2015, over 50,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country and raised over $75 million. The Alzheimer’s Walk is now the largest event in the world to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Participate in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Indianapolis!
Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Indianapolis. On Saturday, October 15th at 10:30 am, a one and three-mile walk will be held rain or shine starting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. While there is no registration fee, all those interested in walking still need to register and sign a standard waiver. Plus, all walkers are asked to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Once a walker raises $100, he or she will receive a free t-shirt that can be picked up on race the day of the event.
Also on Walk day, registered walkers with a wristband will receive a Promise Garden flower. The Promise Garden calls for participants to come together and fulfill their promise to remember, honor, to care and fight Alzheimer’s disease. To further strengthen their dedication, walkers will choose the color of flower that best fits their connection to the disease: blue for someone currently with Alzheimer’s or dementia, purple for someone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, yellow for Alzheimer’s caregivers, and orange for those supporting the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
All proceeds raised from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s benefits those affected by the disease in your community. 78% of the funds go towards Alzheimer’s care, support, research and advocacy. The goal is to drive research that helps find not only new and innovative ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, but to one day ultimately find a cure.
Help make a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s disease by joining the Alzheimer’s Walk in Indianapolis with American Senior Communities this year! In addition to a home office team, each American Senior Communities location has a team. Click here to sign up or donate today!