Commentary by Courtney Ginder
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.
As the marketing and outreach chair for this year’s walk, I am joining participants of all ages in the movement to reclaim the future for millions at walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct 10 at 10 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
I am walking in memory of my grandparents, Bob Elsten and Norma Chance. They were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease when I was in middle school, and both passed way within six months of each other in 2010. One of the hardest experiences of my life was watching them both fade away until they no longer recognized my family members or me. I am walking because no one should ever have to lose someone they love twice – once in mind and again in body.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association “2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including more than 110,000 here in Indiana.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Alzheimer’s disease can’t currently be stopped or slowed. Neither can we.
To start or join a team today, visit Walk to End Alzheimer’s at alz.org/walk. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.