Thursday, August 23, 2007
Alzheimer's Memory Walk for Charity
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder affecting more than 5 million Americans. The symptom most people notice at the onset of the disease is forgetfulness and as the disease progresses, other symptoms include confusion, trouble with organizing and expressing thoughts, misplacing things, getting lost in familiar places, and changes in personality and behavior. There is no current cure for Alzheimer's disease but treatments for symptoms, combined with the right services and support, can make life better for the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, which is held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Walk has raised more than $225 million.
The Memory Walk cannot succeed if there are no volunteers willing to participate in this fundraising effort. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Right now, Team Captains are urgently needed for the walk, and their main responsibilities are to organize a team of volunteers and to raise funds for the cause.
Anyone interested in being a Team Captain and forming a team can find tools at the Alzheimer's Association website, tools like a Captains Guide, how to recruit team members or co-captains, and setting team goals. There are also tools for raising funds, and for spreading the word of this good cause.
A typical Memory Walk is a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall. Please team up with the Alzheimer's Association for the Memory Walk. Together we can move closer to a world without Alzheimer's. Together, we can MOVE a nation.
All information regarding the Memory Walk including forms for participating in the Walk can be found at the The Alzheimer's Association website at http://www.alz.org/memorywalk/