There are more than 2,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Miami County alone. Every 66 seconds, another person across the country develops the disease. This means that at the end of every day, more than 1,300 Americans newly develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s wants to put a stop to this growing epidemic.
If you are interested in taking a step with the Miami Valley Chapter toward a world without Alzheimer’s disease, consider attending Why We Walk: An Alzheimer’s Awareness Breakfast.
The Miami Valley Chapter will be hosting an awareness breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at The Crystal Room in Troy. Attendees will be educated on Alzheimer’s disease, Miami Valley Chapter support and services, and invited to register a team for the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
If you would like to attend this breakfast, or want more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Katie Mauch at 937-610-7014 or email [email protected]
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. There are five local Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, including the Walk in Troy, that support local care and support services through the Miami Valley Chapter. The Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on September 10.
When you participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you are telling your local community that you will fight back against this deadly disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is more than just memory loss – it is a progressive brain disorder that affects not just cognitive functioning, but also communication skills, personality, and basic life functions.
There is no cure to Alzheimer’s disease, and the number of those impacted is steadily growing. There are currently more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, and by 2050 that number is expected to triple to more than 15 million.
The Alzheimer’s Association believes we can no longer afford to do nothing to stop the health epidemic that is Alzheimer’s disease.
Cheryl Chasteen, a West Milton resident, is the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Mission Chair. Her goal is to hold steadfastly to the Association’s mission of providing critical support to local families while continuing to fund essential research across the globe.
“I never want to see another human being go through what my mom went through,” said Chasteen, who lost her mother late last year to the disease.
Jane Pence, a Troy resident, whose mother is 94 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in order to do more for local families impacted by the disease.
“There is a tremendous need for more awareness of the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia on families everywhere,” said Pence. “The more people that are informed, the better our chances of finding a cure for this in future generations.”
Finding a cure is at the forefront of the Alzheimer’s Association. Every dollar that comes through the Association goes to support the full mission by funding care and support resources that benefit your local community, as well as research that brings us one step closer to a cure.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is a group of dedicated individuals that aren’t just interested in your money,” said Chasteen. “They genuinely care about you, your story, and your loved ones.”
There are a variety of programs and services available to those living in Miami County impacted by dementia, including local support groups, a 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900, an online community at alz.org/dayton, education programs, and care consultations.
The Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in downtown Troy on Saturday, September 10.
“Our family has seen all the good that the Alzheimer’s Association and the funds derived from the Walk have done and can do for those patients and families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s,” said Pence.
For more information about Alzheimer’s and other dementia, as well as local programs or how to support the Walk, call the Miami Valley Chapter 24/7 HELPLINE at 1-800-272-3900 or go to alz.org/Dayton.