The nationwide Alzheimer’s walk will be held this year on Oct. 14 with more than 600 communities participating, including Carmel.
The event strives to raise funds for a cure for Alzheimer’s, the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. Many long-term stay organizations participate in this event, and the Clare Bridge of Carmel is one of them. Clare Bridge is a Brookdale Senior Living Community that provides care to seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, located at 301 Executive Dr.
“The (Carmel) community is very involved,” Janice Pegues, Executive Director at Clare Bridge, said of this year’s Alzheimer’s Walk.
Pegues went on to say that several members of the organization will be working the Alzheimer’s walk. Moreover, churches and other long-stay communities in Carmel put a substantial amount of effort into raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Walk. Pegues stressed that the Clare Bridge foundation is dedicated towards the care of those affected by Alzheimer’s, and that it is a secure community which protects members from the dangers of Alzheimer’s and dementia such as wandering and accidental injury.
Last year, the Clare Bridge of Carmel foundation raised $1,600 towards a cure for the disease, and this year’s goal has been increased to $3,000. Besides the Alzheimer’s walk, the Clare Bridge of Carmel organization also has fundraisers throughout October, which will also raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Foundation. The money raised in Carmel and throughout the nation will work towards the cure to Alzheimer’s that would improve the quality of life of many senior citizens.
The walk will take place in Military Park in downtown Indianapolis starting at noon on Oct. 14. Besides the Clare Bridge foundation, many other long-stay communities will be working tents and walking with participants. There will be bounce houses for kids and many organizations will have tents that offer services such as face paintings.
Pegues invites everyone to walk with the Clare Bridge group.
“Look for the Clare Bridge tent and join us,” she said.