The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting St. Charles County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, Sept. 26. However, instead of hosting a large gathering, participants are being asked to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks
“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Stacy Tew-Lovasz, Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association chapter president. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. 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 are being replicated, including local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers on Walk day — all delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets
“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,”
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. 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.
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 Missouri alone, there are more than 120,000 people living with the disease and 319,000 caregivers. To learn more, visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.