The Alzheimer's Association (Western Carolina Chapter), is hosting their upcoming annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's" event, which plays a crucial role in raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.
The "Walk to End Alzheimer's" is scheduled for October 14th and will take place at CaroMont Health Park in Gastonia. This event, held in more than 600 communities nationwide, stands as the world's largest initiative dedicated to Alzheimer's awareness and fundraising, and represents Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties.
Recently, Alexandra Abbott, Piedmont Region Program Manager presented to members of the Belmont Rotary Club, and opened with a thought-provoking question: "What disease claims more American lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined?" The answer is Alzheimer's disease.
By the numbers: Abbott emphasized the staggering impact of Alzheimer's, with over six million Americans living with the disease and more than 11 million providing unpaid care for affected individuals. Shockingly, by 2025, over 210,000 North Carolinians aged 65 and older are expected to be living with Alzheimer's.
The local walk is one of 17 taking place in North Carolina, where participants will walk one or two miles to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and support. Registration for the event is free.
Go deeper: For more information on Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Walk, including how to join a team or register as an individual, please visit alz.org/northcarolina or call 800-272-3900.