Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease slated for Sept. 22

The North Big Horn County Senior Center is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease on Sept. 22 in the parking lot at the center. This will be the 10th year the center has sponsored the event.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs those afflicted of past, present and future memories.  In the more advanced stages, it robs them of their independence by taking away their ability to perform the most common, everyday tasks, like turning off the stove or putting on their shoes.

Walker to End Alzheimer'sSenior Center Director Denise Andersen thinks its important that the center sponsor the walk since the disease mostly occurs in an elderly population.

“I thought this would be a good outreach for the center to increase awareness of the problem,” said Andersen,  “since most members of our center are at the age where the disease touches their lives in some way.”

The walk started in 1989. Since then, millions have walked to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and to help fund research to find a cure for the disease. Andersen started the walk 10 years ago in Lovell after watching a close friend slowly decline from the disease. Participants are invited to walk as much or as little as they like.

As always, Andersen and her crew plan to make the walk entertaining with fun laps designed to break up the monotony of walking around a track. Last year the fun laps included poker laps, kazoo laps, lip laps and bounce the ball laps. There will also be a quilt raffle to raise additional funds.

The somewhat loose structure of the event allows both teams and individuals to make donations or collect donations for the cause.

Andersen hopes the event will not only raise much needed funds to help find a cure for the disease but will also raise awareness. A table with information about the disease will be set up at the event.

The event will take place on Sept. 22 from 8-10 a.m. For more information contact Andersen at 548-6556.

By Patti Carpenter

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