walk to end alzheimer’s

Walk with us this fall to help those facing dementia More than 5 million Americans nationwide — and nearly 40,000 people in the Hudson Valley — are affected by Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease that causes dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter is the key resource for families living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Nationally, it is the largest nonprofit funder of research, and its advocacy network seeks to make Alzheimer’s a legislative priority.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is held at more than 600 locations nationwide, including five in the Hudson Valley. Last year, the Hudson Valley walks raised more than $1 million to help local families living with Alzheimer’s.

Join us on Sept. 24

The Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the SUNY Purchase Campus West Lawn at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase.

To register, or for more details, visit WestchesterWalk.org. For the latest Walk-related news, follow the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Hudson Valley on Facebook.

Programs and services the walks support include:

• 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 provides information, referrals and emotional support.
• Consultations with licensed social workers for families planning care and handling challenging situations.
• Support Groups for people with early-stage dementia, caregivers and family members.
• Instruction on dementia-related topics such as the 10 warning signs, legal and financial issues to consider, and communication with someone who has dementia.
• Music Socials, Memory Cafes and Wellness Retreats provide interactive fun for people with dementia and family caregivers in a safe and understanding environment.
• Medic-Alert + Safe Return, a national registry and identification program, and Project Lifesaver help protect people with dementia who wander and become lost. For more on the Hudson Valley Chapter, visit alz.org/hudsonvalley or call 800.272.3900.

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