Saturday, September 15, 2012

Alzheimer's Walk 2012...Info and Facts

Our team "Walking for Memories"

Warming up!!

High kicks!! 
Today was the day we did the Alzheimer's Walk!!  We had soooo much fun and we raised over $1,000 and got a medal.  This year there were so many more people there which is awesome because that means there are more and more people helping to support the cause.  I am so glad that I started doing this walk because it feels so good to know that I am helping even though I am one person, that is all it takes.  It starts with one person!! Before the walk they always play music so we can warm up and they talk about Alzheimer's.  This year they did something new that was so nice, they had flowers in different colors that had different meanings; yellow was supporting the cause, blue was you were diagnosed/living with the disease, orange you are caring for someone with the disease, and purple was you knew someone who lost their battle with the disease.  We were able to write on the flowers and when we did the walk they put them out and made a garden, when we were done with the walk we were able to pick our flowers and take them home.  
The Garden

My Grandma Iris and Margie passed from this disease and Horace
Tubb is Matts grandpa who has it, My Grandma Genie also has it.

Our Team!!!!!! 

Did you know??? 

  • 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.
  • One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.
  • Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias. 
  • Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.
(Alzheimer's Association. 2012 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures.Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. March 2012; 8:131–168.)

It starts with one person, and that person can be you!!!! 

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