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Alzheimer's Walk Set for Sept. 29

by on August 15, 2012 7:22 AM

The State College Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m.

The event will raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care, support and advance research.

Alzheimer's Disease often stops life in its tracks. Every 68 seconds someone in America develops the currently cureless disease. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest risk factor is age.

Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia — a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

With more than 280,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer’s, there has never been a greater need for the citizens of south central Pennsylvania to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than just a walk over 420 locals — it’s a reflection of their unique journey and experiences with Alzheimer’s and their commitment to end the disease. The walkers drive the mission and their reasons for walking fuel our efforts to reach our vision — a world without Alzheimer's.

For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please contact Tiffani Chambers at (717) 561-5020 or tchambers@alz.org.



This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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