October 2016

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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The Alzheimer’s Association invites Lowcountry residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future of millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, taking place in Bluffton on October 29. Held annually in over 600 communities, 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 has 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. More than a walk, it is an experience for hundreds of participants from Beaufort County and surrounding areas who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved in this critical cause—from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. Today, in South Carolina alone, over 84,000 people face this disease, supported by family and friends, making up over 300,000 caregivers. And the cost of care associated with this disease continues to rise exponentially. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion dollars annually in the U.S.

“There has never been a greater need for Lowcountry citizens to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Ashton Houghton, vice president of development at the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter. “For many of us, Alzheimer’s is personal. We can remember the day when our loved one was diagnosed or when they no longer recognized their family. It is a heartbreaking disease that must be stopped.”

To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/walk. To learn more about the disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.

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