Alzheimer’s walk to make memories

On June 18th Red Deerians and the Alzheimer Society will be gathering to share and create memories with each other at the Memory Walk.

“A lot of people are coming to walk in memory of parents or somebody who has died or is living with Alzheimer’s,” said Lianne Hazell, fund development coordinator for the Alzheimer Society.

Registration for the seventh annual Memory Walk will begin at 4 p.m. on the Saturday and will commence at 5 p.m. with games, activities, and a live band starting at the same time.

“People talk about the walk being surrounded by other activities in the day and about it being a really great day to come out and socialize and have a whole family event.”

There will be a BBQ for participants to enjoy as well. Registration is $15 and can be paid at the event. Anyone looking to pre-register for the event to raise pledges can phone 403-346-4636 or email lhazell@alzheimer.ab.ca.

Hazell says one of the greatest things about the day is that people can get together and meet and share with others who are in a similar situation as themselves.

The Alzheimer Society also offers support through the year as well as education to anyone who wants it.

“We’re a community non-profit organization and we’re focused on providing support and education to people here.”

Hazell says one of the common misconceptions is that only someone affected by Alzheimer’s can phone for information. In fact, anyone looking for education or facts about the disease can call.

“People don’t understand that there are groups for children living with parents with Alzheimer’s or people who are in early stage Alzheimer’s.”

The Memory Walk has previously had more than 200 people take part which Hazell says is impressive.

“It is a pledge fundraiser but having said that if people are wanting to just come they are welcome to pay the registration and come enjoy the day.”

Other fundraisers that the public would recognize as being run by the Alzheimer Society include the Making Sweet Memories Gala in March and the Coffee Breaks fundraiser in the fall.

For more information visit www.alzheimer.ab.ca.

kpalardy@reddeerexpress.com

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