The Alzheimer's Association again will have the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 7 at Wildwood Pavilion with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and walk to start at 9:30 a.m.
Our Marshfield walk committee already has begun making plans, and we are requesting your assistance. We are in search of team captains, team members and local businesses to assist in raising money for this special cause or making a donation for the day of the walk.
We always are interested in adding to our committee, so if you would like to join us, call Sara Riedel at 715-383-6443.
History: In 2012, we had 122 walkers, and seven teams, which raised a total of $16,508.75 for the Alzheimer's Association.
The Alzheimer's Association provides programs and services free to any family affected by Alzheimer's disease. The Association also provides a 24/7 Helpline available any time day or night at 800-272-3900 for anyone needing answers to questions. They provide ALZ Connected, ALZ Navigator and support groups to help families learn and stay connected. They offer early, mid- and late-stage education to families and also provide trainings to professional caregivers. The Alzheimer's Association is the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
Association statistics: More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Of Americans ages 65 and older, one in nine has Alzheimer's and one in three older than 85 has the disease. Another American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds. By 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Among 70-year-olds with Alzheimer's, 61 percent are expected to die with a decade. Of those without Alzheimer's, only 30 percent will die within a decade. Deaths from Alzheimer's disease increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from diseases such as heart disease, prostate cancer and breast cancer declined. Dementia is the second largest contributor to death among older Americans, second only to heart failure.
Your support of this great cause is appreciated. We hope to see you at the Walk to End Alzheimer's.