The Department of Health and Senior Services went out on Sunday, Sept 17 and Monday, Sept 18 to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director, spoke and a number of staff walked to help one day end Alzheimer’s on Sunday afternoon. And on Monday, DHSS staff walked on the Greenway in support of the cause.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's supports the Alzheimer's Assocation and is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. The walk raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. There is no fee to participate in the walk, but participants are encouraged to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the Top 10 causes of death in the America, and is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Additionally, one in three seniors die with Alzheimer's or another dementia, and there are more than 5 million Americans living with the disease with someone developing Alzheimer's every 66 seconds in the United States. There are over 15.9 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias in the United States, and in 2016 they provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $230.1 billion.