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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES TEXARKANA RESIDENTS TO JOIN 2020 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S ON OCTOBER 24

Participants Will Continue to Walk as Individuals, Families or Small Teams on Sidewalks, Tracks and Trails across the Texarkana area in Wake of COVID

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Texarkana residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on October 24.

 

Instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the Texarkana area. 

 

“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice president, constituent events at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

 

Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will be hosted by KTBS-TV anchor Linnea Allen and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets and computers.

 

To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage'' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access  information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.

 

“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Brittany Thomas, Walk manager. “We must continue Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy and safe.”

 

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Texas alone, there are more than 400,000 people living with the disease and over a million caregivers. 

 

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Texarkana Walk to End Alzheimers, visit: alz.org/walk. 

 

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.  

 

Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900. 

 

 

Alzheimer's Facts
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia
Approximately 400,000 Texans have Alzheimer's
Texas ranks 4th in number of Alzheimer's cases and 2nd in Alzheimer's deaths
Alzheimer's disease is the 5th leading cause of death in the US
In the US, someone develops Alzheimer's every 65 seconds

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