HCM is proud to join in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s again in 2019, and we encourage you to join us in the fight. We’ll be meeting at Sawyer Point Park (720 E. Pete Rose Way Cincinnati, OH 45202) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. You’ll be able to find us at the right of the main stage. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with a Ceremony at 9:40 a.m., and the walk beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, being held annually in more than 600 communities worldwide. The walk began in 1989 with nine Alzheimer’s Association chapters and a little over 1200 participants. In 2018 more than 65,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country, raising more than $90 million.
Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic, and its impacts are on the rise. Between 2000 and 2017, Alzheimer’s deaths have increased 145%. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. More than 5 million Americans live with the disease. There are more than 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States, and they provided over 18 billion hours of unpaid care to family and loved ones in 2018 alone. By the end of 2019 Alzheimer’s disease will have cost the United States $290 billion. That cost is expected to rise by more than 4% annually to $1.1 trillion by 2050.
The Alzheimer’s Association uses the overwhelming majority of its funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, awareness, and advocacy. The Association provides care and support to those facing Alzheimer’s by administering online message boards, running in-person support groups, and maintaining a 24/7 helpline offering information and referrals for people affected by the disease. They also drive research by providing more than $455 million for nearly 3,000 scientific proposals, bringing the global research community together, and driving support for transformational projects. Finally, they advocate for the needs and rights of people affected by Alzheimer's by helping to pass legislation such as the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, fighting for funding increases to attack the disease with the intensity it deserves, and recruiting and training hundreds of thousands of advocates to ensure that Alzheimer's disease is not ignored.
Please, if you can, give and walk. If you can’t give, come walk with us to show your support. If you can’t make it to the walk, you can give to our team page here. Please share the link far and wide, and let your friends and family know about it too.
Together, we’ll cure this disease.