This event is about raising funds and creating a community.
Frederick, MD (NS) This year’s Western Maryland Walk To End Alzheimer’s is Sunday October 10 at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium Frederick.
The gates open for the event at 11 am, the opening ceremony is at noon, and the walk begins at 12:15.
Julie Peatt Cassaday with the Alzheimer’s Association is the Walk Manager. She says this is their largest event of the year and that it aims to, “Raise awareness that the Alzheimer’s association exists and that all their services are free of charge” She says the Alzheimer’s Association is a place people have to turn to when they receive a diagnosis.
She says the Alzheimer’s Association, “Supports research, support services, and advocacy for those living with dementia and their care givers.”
The Alzheimer’s Association has educational programs and support services for both people with dementia and their caregivers. It also has early stage engagement programs to help those diagnosed with the disease still participate while they’re still able to do so.
Cassaday says this event brings together the community of people, families, and caregivers impacted by dementia to realize they are not alone.
6 million people are living with this disease in the United States, and Maryland has about 110,000.
She says those living with the disease, the care givers, or the family members can always reach a trained professional 24/7 by calling (800) 272-3900.