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Two sites named for Alzheimer’s walk in Northwest Indiana

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on September 24, 2019 with No Comments

The Alzheimer’s Association is invitingNorthwest Indiana residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in LaPorte County. The Michigan City event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Washington Park. The funds raised from the walk will support research, local education and support programs.

Along the walk route, participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, volunteer opportunities, public policy initiatives and local programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

On walk day, participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with Promise Flowers during the Promise Garden Ceremony – a display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s. A blue flower indicates the participant is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Yellow flowers signify Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. Those carrying purple flowers have lost someone to the disease. Finally, participants with orange flowers support the Association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

“It is one thing to hear the sobering statistics on this disease, but the Promise Garden Ceremony is a powerful way to witness the impact in our local community firsthand,” said Sara Spruth, manager, Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Lake County and Michigan City. “Many participants will even write a tribute to a loved one on the petals. It’s a meaningful way for friends and family to come together in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, including 110,000 in Indiana. Another 340,000 Hoosiers are serving as unpaid caregivers.

In 2018, Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Lake County raised more than $160,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, while Michigan City raised nearly $59,000. This year, the Greater Indiana Chapter aims to raise $180,000 in Lake County and another $65,000 in Michigan City.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online for free at alz.org/Indiana/walk. For walk updates, participants may visit the Greater Indiana Chapter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @alzindiana and join their local Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/lakecountywalk or facebook.com/groups/michigancitywalk.

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